Thurlestone Bay is a bird rich area of the South Hams (part of Devon).

Having lost Thurlestone Marsh.earlier this year when it was drained agreed with Eric Wotton to redraw the patch boundry to include the Avon Estuary which will incorporate the very impressive  South Efford Marsh.

The 2016 year list will be amended to include species recorded there which had not been seen on the old patch

 

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Off on Wed morning 16 May for another trip to Cyprus , back on 31 May .

Providing the house we are renting has some Wi-fi service will post reports on what we find - heading Cyprus May 2018 .

TUES 15 MAY .

Awarm sunny morning with only a light breeze .

On South Huish Marsh - 1F RUFF ( looked a different bird to that photographed at the w/end ) 2 DUNLIN , 2 REED WARBLER , 6 HOUSE MARTIN , 6 SWALLOW , 1M REED BUNTING .2 WHITETHROAT 

On the rocks 3 WHIMBREL , 2 RINGED PLOVER 

At Hatch Bridge 2 WHITETHROAT , 1 TREE CREEPER , GREY WAGTAIL 

At Buckland Valley could only find 1 SPOTTED FLY , also - 

9 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SWALLOW , 1 GREAT SP WOODY.

MON 14 MAY

Latest news received- At Aveton Gifford the first SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - ( 174) , SPOONBILL still , CURLEW , WHIMBREL .

IN fields behind Thurlestone Church John Ward found a pair of GREY PARTRIGE ( 175 ) - almost certainly escapes from Bantham Estate .

SUN 13 MAY 

Dipped on a potential site for Stone Curlew this morning .

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 38 new birds inc- 4BLACKCAP , 4 CHIFFY , 1 GARDEN WARBLER , 11 REED WARBLER , 6 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 WHITETHROAT . Also on site , 1 WHIMBREL , GREAT SP WOODY .

Last night Eric had the SPOONBILL on South Efford Marsh .

FRI 11 MAY 

News rec’d from James , at South Huish Marsh this morning , 

20WHIMBREL , M&F RUFF , 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL - Alan had one yesterday evening .

On the sea of Hope Cove At 12.30 a BONXIE 

News from John Ward ( along the T’stone - South Milton road )  over the recent days both BARN & TAWNY OWL CALLING , GREAT SP WOODY & RED L PARTRIDGE IN HIS GARDEN .

THURS 10 MAY - OTMOOR RSPB OXFORDSHIRE

A first visit to this reserve-similar in habitat to Ham Wall.Spent 4 hours walking around it this morning .

WARBLERS in all the hedges and reeds 8 species - 8 WHITETHROAT,

5 GARDEN WARBLER , 6 BLACKCAP , 2 CETTIS ., 20 SEDGE , 8 REED .2CHIFFY,1 WILLOW.

ATleast 12 HOBBY FEEDING OVER THE MARSHES,2 MARSH HARRIER , 1 BITTERN ( in flight ) 3CUCKOO ( only 1 seen )

20+ LAPWING , 10 REDSHANK( with young ) CURLEW, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER ,80+ BLACK H GULL , 10 REED BUNTING

20+TUFTED DUCK , 3M POCHARD, 10 SHOVELER , 2 GADWALL, 

1 GREAT C GREBE

RECORD SHOTS OF GREY L GOOSE , RED KITE , CUCKOO, 

RED C POCHARD -F , REDSTART-  F 

WED 9 MAY 

Spent the morning at Farmoor Reservoir in warm sunshine - logged

46 species inc - 6 COMMON TERN , 12 G C GREBE , 2 TUFTED DUCK ,

1M 2F RED C POCHARD , 100+SWIFT , RED KITE , BUZZARD , 2 CUCKOO, 7 SPECIES OF WARBLER - BLACKCAP , CHIFFY , LESSER WHITETHROAT , WHITETHROAT , REED WARBLER , SEDGE WARBLER & good views of a NIGHTINGALE , GREEN WOODY , GREY L GOOSE ( 

one pair with 2 young .

Plenty of RED KITE over Wallingford 

Tues 8 MAY

Back to overcast and cool conditions this morning . Only time for a visit to Yarmer Beach- 9 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR T GODWIT , 10 GANNET 

in the Bay . 2 Swift -N 

Off Hope James had 2 ARCTIC SKUA & a RED T DIVER on the sea by 07.30 

At South Huish Marsh he reports - 1 DUNLIN , 1 BAR T GODWIT , 1 WHEATEAR .

Stopped off for a brief visit to Yarner Woods managed 2m PIED FLY ,3M 1F REDSTART .

Arrived At Wallingford (Oxfordshire ) At 17.00 10+ RED KITE & SWIFT  flying over .

MON 7 MAY 

Another perfect summers day , joined by Graham ( and about 2000visitors ) All car parks full before 12.00 

Offshore - 3 GANNET , 3 MANX SHEARWATER , 10 AUKS ( on the sea ) 4 COMMON SCOTER - E. , 1 WHIMBREL , 

On South Huish Marsh - 3 WHIMBREL , 3 DUNLIN , 1 BAR T GODWIT , 3 WHITETHROAT, SWALLOW , HOUSE MARTIN , SAND MARTIN , 

REED WARBLER , SEDGE WARBLER , CHIFFY , REED BUNTING , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL 

SUN 6 MAY 

Unbroken sunshine with all the carparks full by 11.00 

Report received from Bob of a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER and a M YELLOW WAGTAIL (173) at South Huish Marsh , also a2 WHEATEAR 

At Warren Pt 12 WHIMBREL , 2 WHITEHROAT and a SANDWICH TERN 

James watching early At Hope - 9COMMON SCOTER & 2GARGANEY flying SE @ 06.30 , a dp ARCTIC SKUA -E @ 06.50

He could not find the PEC SANDPIPER this morning .

SAT 5 MAY 

FINE SUNNY DAY , little wind 

started with a Garden Watch for 45mins from 07.30 . 26 species inc a garden tick - an ACREDULA WARBLER ( 172 )  this is the North European subspecies of WILLOW WARBLER . A couple of years ago one was caught and ringed at South Milton Ley .Other warblers recorded - BLACKCAP , CHIFFY , SEDGE AND REED

Joined by Bob , Rob Steph and Roger today .

Offshore a nice BLACK T DIVER ( partial sp ), 2 SANDWICH TERN , 

2 WHIMBREL .

ON South Huish Marsh the PEC SANDPIPER continued to show well , 12 WHIMBREL , 1M WHINCHAT , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL , 1 SPARROWHAWK . 2 BLACK H GULL .

IN the lanes at least 4 YELLOWHAMMER .

SANDERLING - 4 MAY 

FRI 4 MAY 

Late News from Thurs - James had a M WHINCHAT on his return walk to Hope Cove .Also the SPOONBILL on the tidal road at Aveton Gifford late afternoon.

This morning Started with very poor visibility , steady drizzle , took until 10.30 to clear 

On the beaches - 9 WHIMBREL, 3 SANDERLING , 1 RINGED PLOVER , 

55 SWALLOW -N , 4 WHITETHROAT along the coast .

in the BAY - 5 SHELDUCK -W , 5 COMMON SCOTER -E 

On South Huish Marsh the PECTORAL SANDPIPER SHOWED well from 11.00 .Also 7 WHIMBREL, 5 SHELDUCK , 100+ SWALLOW , 25 SAND MARTIN ( highest count of the Spring ) 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 6 SWIFT , 1 CHIFFY , 3 SEDGE WARBLER .

 

WHIMBREL & BAR T GODWIT 3 MAY 

THURS 3MAY 

Afine sunny morning with a light offshore breeze .

On the beach - 10 WHIMBREL , 2 BAR T GODWIT , Offshore -

2 SANDWICH TERN , 1 BLACK T DIVER ( on sea then E @ 09.15 ) 

On South Huish Marsh the PECTORAL SANDPIPER continued to show well to an increasing number of visitors , 2 TEAL , 7 WHIMBREL , 5 SWALLOW , 3 HOUSE MARTIN 2 SWIFT , 2 SEDGE WARBLER . 1WHITETHROAT 

This morning Nick &I lowered the drains by 2 inches which should result in more mud for waders .

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed - 3 BLACKCAP , 8 SEDGE WARBLER , 8 REED WARBLER , 1 REED BUNTING , also on site - GREEN WOODY , 4 CHIFFY , JAY , 2 BULLFINCH , in one of the adjacent fields 19WHIMBREL , 1 BAR T GODWIT 

WED 2MAY 

After a night of heavy rain and strong S winds a clear horizon by 09.00 winds backing NW 5/6 , rough seas.

Seawatch from the flats from 08.15 - 11.30 

112 GANNET , 50 MANX S’WATER , 5 FULMAR , 4 KITTIWAKE , 4 SANDWICH TERN , 1 COMMON TERN , 1 GREAT N DIVER -E ANDA S/PL ON SEA @10.15 , 1 POMERINE SKUA -E @10.00 ( seen also by James At Hope Cove ) , James also had single BONXIE ( 08.42 ) & 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA (10.05) , 1 PU FFIN -E , 2 GUILLEMOT , 5 AUKS , 

WADERS - 39 WHIMBREL , 3 BAR T GODWIT , 2 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER , 21 OYSTERCATCHER . THE PECTORAL SANDPIPER with the WHIMBREL ON THE BEACH , THEN ON THE ROCKS BEFORE MOVING TO THE MARSH - REPORTED L AST AT 16.30 .

2 GREENLAND WHEATEAR ( 171 ) On the rocks . Only 4SWALLOW & 3 HOUSE MARTIN this morning .

At South Efford Marsh Dave confirms the BLACK SWAN on site , the SPOONBILL flew in at 17.45 

PHOTOS OF THE PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER AND 

DUNLIN At South Huish Marsh  / rocks 1 May 2018

TUES 1 MAY 

A great start to the month at 09.25 aPECTORAL SANDPIPER (170 ) 

joined a small flock of waders which also included the CURLEW SANDPIPER .

A 45 min Garden Watch from 07.15 produced 27 species inc - 

1M BLACKCAP, 1 WILLOW WARBLER , 2 CHIFFY , 2 SEDGE WARBLER,11 WHIMBREL , 1 LITTLE EGRET.

Most of the morning taken with watching the waders either on the marsh or on the rocks  totals logged - 33 WHIMBREL, 6 BAR T GODWIT , 11 DUNLIN , , ALSO 3 TEAL , 6 SHELDUCK , 1 YELLOW L GULL ,1F WHEATEAR , 1 REED WARBLER . 3 WHITETHROAT ANA A GARDEN WARBLER along the coast path ,.

Offshore - 25 GANNET , 11 COMMON SCOTER , FULMAR , 3 MANX S’WATER , 1 KITTIWAKE , 4DP ARCTIC SKUA , 30 + AUKS .

The PEC SANDPIPER is the second patch record in Spring  following 1 in April 2014 .

Alan Pomroy has received an interesting BLACKCAP control, a male ringed at South Milton Ley On 16 Sept 2017 was controlled at a site near Cadiz ( Spain ) on 22 Nov 2017 - a distance of 1554 km in 57 days . This is the first control of a South Milton ringed BLACKCAP .

Early afternoon report from Eric at South Efford Marsh -

SPOONBILL , 7 WHIMBREL , 6 DUNLIN , 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER 

BAR T GODWIT , 2 POOR RECORD SHOTS OF THE CURLEW SANDPIPER - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 APRIL 

Some alterations to the format of the pages , the historical page will now provide access to the older trip reports and previous years records .

will be revamping the Photos page over the next few weeks 

2 photos of the BLACK SWAN , also a HERON fishing 

Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April 

RED N GREBE , SCAUP AT BEESANDS LEY 7 MARCH

GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR 

PHOTOS 4 MAR South Huish Marsh -GARGANEY , SANDWICH TERN & MED GULL , RUFF , KNOT 

TURNSTONE on the rocks and mix of CATTLE & LIITLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh 24 FEB 2018

FRI 23 FEB 

A cloudy morning with a cold ENE F3/4 wind .

On South Huish Marsh 80 WIGEON , only 10 TEAL , 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 LAPWING , in the cattle field 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET, 3 more LITTLE on the Marsh .At 11.00 amongst 150 BLACK H GULL were 4 AD, 1 2W , 1 1W MED GULL 

On the rocks 12 TURNSTONE . Offshore 25 GANNET -E , 10 BLACK H GULL in off also an AD MED GULL 

On Thurlestone Marsh at 11.30 single CATTLE & LITTLE EGRET , at 17.30 there were 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET .

Becoming difficult to decide just how many CATTLE EGRETS there are on the patch . One interesting point the LITTLE EGRETS are now feeding with the CATTLE EGRETS at the feet of the cattle 

PHOTOS 23 FEB - CATTLE AND LITTIE EGRET ON THURLESTONE MARSH , WIGEON AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH ALSO AN AD MED GULL 

PHOTOS OF THE MALE RING NECKED DUCK AT BEESANDS LEY 21 JAN 

Thurs 18 Jan - THURLESTONE MARSH 08.00

LOOK WHAT WAS OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW AT 08.00

17 JAN 

A nice year garden tick , on the scrape behind my garden at 11.15

30 DEC , also 2 HERON &8MALLARD 

A FITTING FESTIVE BIRD - A PARTRIDGE IN A -------

THESE WERE IN A FIELD AT HUXTON CROSS THIS MORNING 

Photos of the AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON AT South Huish Marsh 14 DEC 

Photos of -BLUE ROCK THRUSH , SPANISH SPARROW , LAUGHING DOVE , FERRUGINOUS DUCK , MARSH HARRIER , HOODED CROW , BLACK NECKED GREBE 

LAPWING BEEN ON HIS OWN SINCE EARLY NOV AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 27 NOV 

RECORD SHOTS OF SANDERLING on the rocks 21 NOV 2017 

CATTLE EGRET AND WHEATEAR around South Huish Marsh Oct 2017

CURLEW SANDPIPER, BAR TAILED GODWIT, LITTLE STINT All on South Huish Marsh 26 Sept 2017

Photos taken 18 Sept 2017 at South Efford Marsh of 

BAR T GODWIT, REDSHANK, GREENSHANK , CATTLE EGRET 

Photos from my new P900 camera - GREY PHALAROPE at South Milton Sands and on South Huish Marsh on 12 Sept 2017

Record shots of BLACK SWAN ( lots of glare ) and LITTLE EGRET Avon Estuary  18 Aug 2017 

Photo of PEC SANDPIPER taken by Alan Doidge Sept 2016

Some more of the fab photos from Alan Doidge of the bird of the year for Thurlestone- they are superb

A nice record shot from James K of a BRAMBLING at Huxton Cross on 24 January 2017

2 more photos from Alan D of a WHITE FRONTED GOOSE and a 1w

ICELAND GULL taken at the end of Feb at South Huish Marsh

2 more photos of the GLAUCOUS GULL taken by Alan D at South Huish Marsh 3 APRIL 2017 

Photos of the SPOONBILL and CATTLE EGRET from James K and SPOONBILL by Steve Hopper at South Huish Marsh on 5 April

2 photos of CATTLE EGRETS at South Efford Marsh 13 July 2017

taken by Alan Doidge

Record shot of the GARGANEY on South Huish Marsh on 16 March

by Alan Doidge 

A nice close up of the bill of the WHITE FRONTED GOOSE at South Huish Marsh taken by James K

Whist waiting for auditions for the remake of Last of the Summer Wine our photographic agent Steph Murphy took this publicity shot at Broadsands this morning of Eric Tony and myself

Photos of the DESERT WHEATEAR 13 Nov 2016 from Alan Doidge

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER at South Milton Ley 19 Oct

PURPLE HERON - Some more photos from Alan Doidge

PURPLE HERONS at South Huish Marsh

2 photos from Alan Doidge  taken 24 April 2016

Some stunning photos of  SQUACCO HERON by Alan Doidge

SQUACCO HERONS.

Consensus of opinion is there is at least 2 birds in the South Hams area . Confirmed by simultaneous sights last night of birds at Beesands Ley and at Prawle Point . Still one bird on the Scillies. Until comparison of photos  can be made the jury will have to be out on whether the South Milton bird on Wed was another one !

Record shot of male Red Backed Shrike South Huish Marsh 9 July
GLOSSY IBIS - South Huish Marsh 19 Nov 2015 - Alan Doidge
ISABELLINE SHRIKE
ISABELLINE SHRIKE - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 14 OCT 2015- photos by Alan Doidge and Richard Stafford

2014

Crane at South Huish Marsh 20 Oct 2014- Alan Doidge