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TRICKY SPECIES

This page is intended to give ideas where and when to find some tricky species. These are only guidelines, these birds can sometimes be found in other places and at other times, there is also no guarantee of success but this information should give the best chance.

Diver, Red Throated:- Nov.-Mar., Dawlish, Start Bay/Slapton, Branscombe area
Diver, Black Throated:- Nov.-Feb., Thurlestone, Dawlish, Start Bay/Slapton, Branscombe area
Diver, Great Northern:- Nov.-Mar., Dawlish, Torbay, Start Bay/Slapton
Grebe, Red Necked:- Nov.-Mar., Dawlish, Torbay, Start Bay/Slapton, Plymouth Sound
Grebe, Slavonian:- Nov.-Mar., Dawlish, Start Bay/Slapton
Grebe, Black Necked:- Nov.-Feb., Torbay ( Goodrington, Broadsands ), Slapton Ley
Spoonbill:- ( any month ), Exe Estuary ( Topsham, Powderham )
Bittern:- Nov.-Mar.,Slapton
Spoonbill:- ( not Summer ), Topsham, Tamar Estuary
Mandarin Duck:- Nov.-Mar., Yarner Woods, Plymbridge
Garganey:- Mar.-Sept., S. Huish, Topsham/Exminster Marshes
Goshawk:- ( any month, best in Spring ), Haldon ( Raptor Viewpoint )
Osprey:- ( Spring & Autumn ), any estuary, Topsham
Hobby:- May - Sept., Haldon, Exminster
Red Grouse:- ( any month, best at dawn ), Dartmoor, especially Challacombe Down/Warren House area
Avocet:- Oct.-Mar., Exminster/Topsham
Curlew Sandpiper:- Aug.-Oct., Topsham, Dawlish
Purple Sandpiper:- Nov.-Mar., Dawlish, Plymouth Hoe, Brixam Breakwater
Ruff:- Sept.-Mar., Topsham, S. Huish
Woodcock:- Nov.-Feb., Andrews Wood ( nr Loddiswell )
Spotted Redshank:- Sept.-Mar., Exe Estuary, Bowcombe Creek ( Kingsbridge Estuary ), Topsham
Wood Sandpiper:- May-Oct., Topsham
Pomarine Skua:- May-Oct., Torbay ( Berry Head/Hopes Nose ), Prawle Point
Arctic Skua:- Apr.-Oct., Torbay ( Berry Head/Hopes Nose ), Prawle Point
Long-Tailed Skua:- Aug.-Oct., Torbay ( Berry Head/Hopes Nose ), Prawle Point
Great Skua:- Aug.-Oct., Torbay ( Berry Head/Hopes Nose ), Prawle Point
Roseate Tern:- May-Jun., Dawlish
Turtle Dove:- May-Sept., Haldon
Little Owl:- All year, Soar/Bolt Head, Dunchideock
Nightjar:- May-Aug., Haldon, Stover Park, Cann Woods
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker:- All year ( best in Spring ), Yarner Woods, Dunsford Woods, Hembury Woods
Wood Lark:- All year, Exminster
Yellow Wagtail:- Apr-May & Aug.-Sept., Topsham, S. Huish, Prawle
Dipper:- All year, Gara Bridge, Plymbridge
Whinchat:- May-Sept., Challacombe Farm, Warren House area
Ring Ouzel:- Apr.-Oct., Warren House
Cettis Warbler:- All year, Slapton, Exminster Marshes
Grasshopper Warbler:- Apr.-Aug, Challacombe Down, Fernworthy Reservoir
Dartford Warbler:- All year, Aylesbeare Common
Wood Warbler:- May-Aug., Yarner Woods
Firecrest:- Oct.-Mar., Slapton, Berry Head, W. Charleton Marsh, Start Point
Pied Flycatcher:- May-Aug., Yarner Woods
Crossbill:- All year, Haldon, Soussons Plantation, Stover Park
Hawfinch:- All year, Haldon, Ide / Longdown
Cirl Bunting:- All year, Prawle, Exminster, Broadsands ( Torbay )

Most of the migrant species listed can also be seen on passage at coastal sites such as Prawle Point, Berry Head and Start Point.

If you can recommend a location and time of year for any of the species listed please contact me ( details on home page ), or if there is a species that you have difficulty locating please ask.

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09/03/02