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Birdwatch Monday 3rd February 2014

Three members braved the strong winds for our visit to the River Otter on 3rd February and were rewarded with a fine selection of birds sheltering from the swollen river on one of the scrapes.

Brent Geese, Teal and large numbers of Wigeon were accompanied by waders including Dunlin, Redshank, Curlew, Lapwing and Snipe which were all seen clearly.

Postscript to trip to Bowling Green Marsh 27/1/14

Four colour – ringed Black – tailed Godwits seen were birds ringed at Seaton Marshes. Three of the birds were all ringed on 10/11/13 but one bird ringed on 26/2/12 had previously been seen in the Netherlands and Bournemouth.

STOVER/YARNER             4th March 2013

  The Lake at Stover had a Tufted Duck and Great Crested Grebes amongst the Gulls.  On and around the feeder were four species of Tit with Siskin and Bullfinch and several Nuthatches.
Yarner had similar species plus three Mandarin Duck very close to the Hide.

Ian Waite
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PORTLAND                      4th February 2013

  Highlight of our visit was a Snow Bunting.  A very confiding bird in Ferrybridge Car Park from where we also saw Mediterranean Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers and Brent Geese.
In the harbour were approximately 40 Great Crested Grebes.  There were also 20 plus Black- necked and several Slavonian.
Two Velvet Scoters and an Eider completed the picture.

Ian Waite
Smew DUCK FANTASTIC         12th December 2012
  Duck Fantastic was cancelled due to flooding so the group met at Ashcott Corner on 12th December for a bird watch prior to the Starling Roost. It proved to be a good day.
There were five Bittern sightings in good light and a large number of ducks including Smew, Goosander and Goldeneye.
Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk were birds of prey noted.  Two of the resident Great White Egrets were seen with their large yellow bills.
Highlight for most was excellent long views of Otter fishing in the drain.  The day concluded with a spectacular Starling Roost. 

Ian Waite
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DAWLISH WARREN       1st December 2012

Two Swallows seen by members of the group. Very late – I had seen one on 26th November at Seaton.
Bearded Tit and a Black-necked Grebe were a nice surprise.
A Brambling was on the feeders and we saw usual waders from the Hide.   At sea, Goldeneye, Two Red-throated Divers and sixteen  Common Scoter were the highlights.
A cold day but certainly an enjoyable one

Ian Waite
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