Monday, 6 June 2016

Common Dolphins in Brixham


A pod of 8-10 Common Dolphins inside Brixham Breakwater on 22nd May from Mike Langman

Over the last few days Mike and others report via Twitter that a Bee Eater has been seen and heard in Paignton, near Clennon Valley Lakes and Galmpton. All very close to where I live...wouldn't it be lovely to have it visit?...although I'd feel sorry for the bees!

If you'd like to see a fabulous image and know more about this colourful bird please click on this link from ARKive (beautiful photography of life on earth by the way).

SeagullSuzie signing out for now

20 comments:

  1. Strangely, I do not ever recall seeing any dolphins in all of the years I spent in S. Devon, plenty of basking sharks but no dolphins. I am wondering if years ago they stayed out in the deeper water do you think ?

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    1. Hi Mel, possibly they did and they are not that easy to see when out to sea, but they reportedly come into Brixham regularly, maybe it's the sound of all the activities in the Bay, warmer waters and more fish.

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  2. Suspect we will be seeing more of bee eaters in the next few years. Hope so anyway.

    Sadly, no dolphins sailing up the Trent!

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    1. They would be so easy to spot, I wouldn't need my bird ID book!

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  3. That is a lovely sight. I could watch dolphins for hours.
    I hope the bee eaters don't come anywhere near my hives!

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    1. Hi Wendy-well yes that is a problem if we get them here...and our bees are not having the best of times already. Hope your bees are healthy and happy right now.

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  4. Wonderful to see the video of the Dolphins and here's hoping that the Bee-eater stops by to say hello.

    Hope all is well :-)

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    1. Hi David, with all my bee and wildlife friendly planting they just might! I would love to see the dolphins up close, we're off to Scotland next week so may see some.

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  5. How lovely to have this pod of dolphin visiting. I am still hoping to see some in Lyme Bay. There was a basking shark seen around here recently. The Bee Eater looks amazing too! Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, yes I read about the Basking Shark and saw the video on the men helping it back into the water (think that was near you). It takes a lot of watching to spot Dolphins out to sea though.

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  6. I always get excited when I spot a pod of Dolphins - but would love to see a Bee Eater, what a pretty bird.

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    1. A very pretty bird, I'm sure all the birdwatchers here were delighted...no sightings yet from me!

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  7. When I lived in Laguna Beach I would sit on the deck or on the sand and watch the Dolphins seals and pelicans.
    It was magical and I miss it.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Oh how fantastic, I bet you do miss it out in the Tuscon desert!

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  8. Lovely video of the dolphins Suzie and great news about the bee-eater. Wouldn't it be great if they nested locally. Just been reading a fascinating article in Birdwatching magazine about the possibility of the species breeding here more often. Do hope you are well.

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    1. Thanks Caroline, trying to keep well-lots of problems with my joints and hospital visits but ignoring it all as much as possible and enjoying this wonderful weather. I would be worried for our bee population though!

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  9. Wow, how amazing!!! Hearing of a Bee Eater makes me think of To The Manor Born, but you have to have seen it to know what I am on about. Hope you might see it!!

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    1. Oh Amy, I don't know that episode, but I'll watch out for it as it's been repeated on TV.

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  10. Fantastic! Dolphins and a potential bee eater nearby too! Xx

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    1. Hi CT, isn't springtime just wonderful!

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