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Best chance to see Cirl Bunting in Devon

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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 22:13   #1
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Best chance to see Cirl Bunting in Devon

Dear colleagues
I have a chance to visit Devon briefly soon, and understand this is the best place to see the Cirl Bunting.
The Cirl Bunting would be a lifer.
I would like to visit the place or places which would afford ideally a certainty of sighting one (preferably the male)
Please can anyone advise as to the recommended location for certain Cirl Bunting in June
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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 23:24   #2
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Dear colleagues
I have a chance to visit Devon briefly soon, and understand this is the best place to see the Cirl Bunting.
The Cirl Bunting would be a lifer.
I would like to visit the place or places which would afford ideally a certainty of sighting one (preferably the male)
Please can anyone advise as to the recommended location for certain Cirl Bunting in June
Labrador Bay RSPB for my money.

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Old Wednesday 13th June 2018, 05:18   #3
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Labrador Bay RSPB for my money.

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I'll second that. You don't even need to leave the car park to get good views.
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Old Wednesday 13th June 2018, 06:31   #4
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Hi Kasfig. I posted a similar question earlier in the year. Broadsands car park was the alternative recommendation John and others made and this is where we easily saw them. Not sure about June though. Plus the consensus seemed to be that Labrador Bay was the aesthetically more pleasing place to see them.

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Old Wednesday 13th June 2018, 08:17   #5
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Labrador bay for me also.

Another good spot is the RSPB reserve at Exmouth. They maintain a feeding station there but it is a bit of a trek. I have seen them from the car park at Labrador.
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Hi Kasfig. I posted a similar question earlier in the year. Broadsands car park was the alternative recommendation John and others made and this is where we easily saw them. Not sure about June though. Plus the consensus seemed to be that Labrador Bay was the aesthetically more pleasing place to see them.

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Well summed up. In winter I'd definitely say Broadsands but in summer I think Labrador Bay is the place.

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Thought Labrador was in Canada, not Devon??
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Dear colleagues
Thank you so much for your input.
In conclusion it would appear my best approach for a summer visit is
1. Labrador Bay, Torbay
2. Broadsands
3. RSBP Exmouth

Thank you so much and best wishes
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Old Thursday 14th June 2018, 09:59   #9
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Labrador Bay, yes. Broadsands, no (wrong season). Good alternatives are in the far south of the county: I can PM if you want.

P.S. I have no idea what is meant by "RSPB Exmouth" but Cirls are very rare east of the Exe.
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Labrador Bay, yes. Broadsands, no (wrong season). Good alternatives are in the far south of the county: I can PM if you want.

P.S. I have no idea what is meant by "RSPB Exmouth" but Cirls are very rare east of the Exe.
Sorry meant RSPB Exminster. There is afeeding station and viewpoint there. Seen them there in late may
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Dear colleagues
Thank you so much for your input.
In conclusion it would appear my best approach for a summer visit is
1. Labrador Bay, Torbay
2. Broadsands
3. RSBP Exmouth

Thank you so much and best wishes
Just a quick mention of Prawle Point, Devon. Saw about 20 really easily last August, including several males still singing.
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Just a quick mention of Prawle Point, Devon. Saw about 20 really easily last August, including several males still singing.
Prawle is good. Wembury is usually decent as well. But Labrador Bay is easier to get to with better parking.

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Dear colleagues
Thank you so much for your input.
In conclusion it would appear my best approach for a summer visit is
1. Labrador Bay, Torbay
2. Broadsands
3. RSBP Exmouth

Thank you so much and best wishes
I think you mean Powderham Marsh RSPB at Exminster not Exmouth. Park behind the Swan's Nest Hotel and follow the footpath which zig zags up to the viweing platform. The feeders are along the bottom hedge. It's about a 10 minute walk. Roger
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