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

 

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SUN 14 OCT 

A cloudy wet morning , rain ceased around 11.45 - afternoon with some sunny periods , a cold NNW F3/4 WIND .

On South Huish Marsh this morning 40TEAL , 4 LITTLE EGRET , 

4 SNIPE .

THE ISABELLINE SHRIKE Reported by Eric & Roger as showing well this afternoon - lots of visiting birders , also 3 SWALLOW .

Decided today was an extended Garden Watch - 15min Around 08.30 , 11.40-13.00, 15.00-16.00 & 17.00-18.00 - very interesting 

34 species recorded - 305 GOLDFINCH ( largest flock 80, several in excess of 20 - all E ) 34 CHAFFINCH , 55 MIPIT , Only 1BLACKBIRD , 2 FIELDFARE ( flew over N calling @15.25) 37 STARLING -N , 

19 PIED WAGTAIL -E , 3 STOCK DOVE , 2 SAND MARTIN ( very late patch record ) 8 SWALLOW -E , 2 LITTLE EGRET , 1JAY , 5 SKYLARK,

4 LONG T TIT , 1 CHIFFY , 200 CANADA GOOSE , 

One of the best sights you can Watch is a hunting BARN OWL - seen briefly at 08.30 and then reappeared at 17.50 , gave superb views 

SAT 13 OCT 

A different morning than expected - no rain , wind no more than SSW 7 .

Offshore a 2 hour seawatch only produced 175 GANNET & a COMMON TERN all E . A HOBBY flew over - later seen over the Marsh . On South Huish Marsh 40 TEAL , 1 1W MED GULL , A PERGRINE flew over . Nick reported a COMMON TERN earlier .

On the beach a sole DUNLIN

By Horswell House a MISTLE THRUSH .

 

Eric Reported the ISABELLINE SHRIKE showing well in the same bushes at the side of the Golf Course remarkable considering the last 36 hours weather conditions .

 

news from James At Hope - 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 8 BONXIE,

1 ARCTIC SKUA, 4 COMMON TERN , 2 MED GULLS - most sightings in the afternoon 

 

 

FRI 12 OCT 

Storm Callum duly arrived in the early hours - wind F 8/9 S , Heavy rain until 10.15 when the horizon cleared . Very  rough seas . A good for seawatching - interesting comparisons between my watch site and James At Hope 

MY 2 visits were 10.15- 12.45 & 15.20- 17.00 

On South Huish Marsh - 1ad 1 1w MED GULL , 135 BLACK H GULL , 

at 12.35  a ROSEATE TERN (194 ) amongst them briefly - a late date for this specie . 35TEAL 3 SNIPE 

On the beach / rocks - 22 DUNLIN , 11 RINGED PLOVER , 9 TURNSTONE, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER ( 195 ) 

Offshore - 1000 + GANNET , 10 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ., 4 COMMON SCOTER , 5 BONXIE , 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA , 2 COMMON TERN 

James watched from Hope 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00 ( higher point than the flats ) his impressive totals - 

32 BONXIE ( an autumn day record ) , 4ARCTIC SKUA , 1 POM SKUA , 9 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 1 SOOTY SHEARWATER , 1 FULMAR ( scarce at this time of the year ) 4 COMMON TERN IN THE BAY 

THURS 11 OCT 

A wet morning with a F5 SE wind .

A short visit to South Huish Marsh -32 TEAL , 1AD MED GULL , 

1F/1W YELLOW WAGTAIL , 1 SNIPE , 2 RINGED PLOVER .

On the beach Alan had a 1w YELLOW L GULL .

Cloudy afternoon and less wind - went for another viewing of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE -still showing very well , over 30 visitors today , it is now the most photographed bird on the patch this year .

At 16.30 a SWALLOW flew over my garden 

An afternoon visit by Eric to South Efford Marsh - 2 BAR T GODWIT , 20 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 REDSHANK , 9 GREENSHANK , 15 CURLEW , 80 TEAL , 2 WIGEON .

Stormy and wet for the next 2 days F10 S winds could be interesting 

2 more images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE 

WED 10 OCT 

Brief report of a MEGA -found by Ian Teague at13.30 sat in bushes at the side of the Golf Course - aDAURIAN SHRIKE ( 193) 1W 

This is the second patch record - First was on 14 OCT 2015 .

Photos follow - First 2 are from Alan Doidge 

Information rec’d from Chris Heard via Eric - the rarities com will no longer accept specific 1w shrikes - this bird will have to be assigned to ISABELLINE SHRIKE .

News rec’d from Rob Murphy and Mark Bailey of a SHORT EARED OWL in off the sea at 17.30 

The Shrike went to roost at 17.45 - with a big change in weather conditions over the next 3 days will it stay ? 

Early morning an hours Garden Watch from 07.25 produced 32 species - 33 SISKIN, 40 MIPIT ,95 LINNET, 115 GOLDFINCH ,  15 CHAFFINCH .

9 PIED WAGTAIL , 4 CHIFFY , 1 BLACKCAP , 2 SONG THRUSH , 1 WIGEON -E, 1 GREAT SP WOODY.

At SOUTH HUISH MARSH - 51 PIED WAGTAIL ( many S ), 

10 SISKIN -S ,15 SKYLARK , 70 MIPIT , 35 GOLDFINCH , 3 CHIFFY ,

1M WIGEON , 22 TEAL , 

Offshore - 75 GANNET , 2 GUILLEMOT, 1MANX S’WATER ( James K 

at Hope )

Record shots of TREE SPARROW , REDSHANK , BARNACLE GOOSE 

at RSPB SALTHOLME 

TUES 9 OCT 

News rec’d from James of 3 DP ARCTIC SKUA IN THE BAY YESTERDAY EVENING .

ERIC back from his Shetland visit with Alan reports very little change at South Efford Marsh this morning - 2 BAR T GODWIT ,

BLACK T GODWIT , GREENSHANK, REDSHANK , CURLEW , 80 TEAL , 1 WIGEON .3 COMMON GULL .

Alan ringed 26 new birds this morning - 4 MIPIT , 3 BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY , also on site - WATER RAIL , BULLFINCH CIRL BUNTING . , 

65 SKYLARK,& 6 SISKIN  OVER , 2 GREY WAGTAIL 

A F BLACK REDSTART back in a neighbours garden .

MON 8 OCT 

Final Report On our visit to the Teeside area - visit for a family wedding not birding ! 

Spent 2.5 hours at RSPB Saltholme - quite a selection of species -

60 PINK FOOTED GOOSE - N , another 80 found in a field as we were leaving , 80+ BARNACLE GOOSE , 50 GREYLAG  GOOSE , 20POCHARD , 1F PINTAIL , 1 TUFTED DUCK , GREAT CRESTED & LITTLE GREBE , 

2 SHELDUCK , 100TEAL , 20 WIGEON , 350 LAPWING , 1 DUNLIN , 2 REDSHANK , 1 CURLEW , 15 BLACK T GODWIT , 

One of the attractions is the birds visiting a feeding station, amongst the commoner birds were 10 TREE SPARROW .

Picked up 3 year ticks 

A few of the 170 photos of SANDERLING , KNOT , DUNLIN , REDSHANK , TURNSTONE -taken on the rocks at Redcar - none have been cropped!

SUN 7 OCT 

A fine sunny if cold morning , wind w increased to F5/6 .

South Gare disappointing - only 13 CURLEW , 2 GUILLEMOT.

Remembered how good the rocks could be off Redcar for Waders on a rising tide , it must be over 55 years since I last counted them . Today watched in excess of 1600 most viewed from less than 100 feet , now I know why I grew up realising how much I enjoyed waders .

Todays count in excess of 1600 in 1.5 hours from 11.40 -

700 OYSTERCATCHER, 200 REDSHANK , 450 TURNSTONE, 70 KNOTT, 

150 SANDERLING, 50 DUNLIN , 30 RINGED PLOVER , 1 PURPLE 

SANDPIPER, . OFFSHORE 10 GANNET , 4M 2F EIDER - N.

SAT 6 OCT 

Arrived in Saltburn late last night , managed to have a 90 min seawatch from the Hotel from 10.00 this morning - F5 N wind , lots of cloud and heavy rain showers . 

70 GANNET , 52 KITTIWAKE , 32 CORMORANT -S , 10 RED T DIVER 

(7-S, 3N ) 2 RAZORMOTT , 2 BONXIE -S , 45 COMMON SCOTER-N IN with a flock of 40 were 2 VELVET SCOTER , 3 TEAL -N , 10 KNOT-S 13 CURLEW -N 

Hope to visit one of my favourite sites I frequented 60 years ago -

South Gare, tomorrow morning 

THURS 4 OCT 

News from Alan ringing at SouthMilton Ley this murky morning - 26 new birds inc-7CHIFFY ,2GOLDCREST,3 BLACKCAP,9 MIPIT,1 CHAFFINCH . On site 2 WATER RAIL 

WED 3 OCT 

A morning of light high cloud , sunny spells and a light NW breeze .

Started with a 1.5 hour viz mig watch from behind T’stone Church -

56 SKYLARK, 35 MIPIT , 6 SISKIN , 32 GOLDFINCH , 2 STONECHAT, 

15 PIED WAGTAIL , 2 CIRL BUNTING 

At South Huish Marsh - 17 TEAL , 17 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 LITTLE GREBE , PEREGRINE over ., mixed flock of 90+ GOLDFINCH & LINNET .

Waders on the rocks/beach - 1 KNOT , 15 DUNLIN , 10 RINGED PLOVER .

Off to a family wedding in Saltburn, back next Tues . Will be making a visit to RSPB Saltholme .

TUES 2 OCT

A miserable morning until 10.30 when the low cloud cleared .A brisk F5 WNW wind .

On South Huish Marsh - 22 TEAL , 2 HERON , 3 LITTLE EGRET, 

1 DUNLIN , 70 LINNET , 45 MIPIT , 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 SPRAWK .

A 2.5 hour seawatch only produced -38 GANNET , 7 RAZORMOT , 1 FULMAR , 10 COMMON SCOTER

MON 1 OCT 

A nice sunny morning with a light NW breeze 

An hours Garden Watch from 07.25 produced 29 species - 

5m 1F BLACKCAP , 3 CHIFFY , 1 WHEATEAR , 4 STONECHAT , 7 SKYLARK , 1 GREY WAG , 2 PIED WAG , 5 SWALLOW .

Joined by Graham this morning Offshore from car park and later the flats - 130 GANNET , 80 KITTIWAKE , 1 BONXIE ( 11.42 ) , 

2 COMMON SCOTER , 12 RAZORMOT , .

VIZ MIG - over the car park - A M BRAMBLING ( N ) was  a surprise , 

75 MIPIT , 27 SKYLARK , 35 GOLDFINCH , 50 PIED WAG , also 2WHITE WAG on the beach .2 GREY WAG , 21 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN .

On SOUTH HUISH MARSH - 8 TEAL , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 DUNLIN , 3 WHEATEAR ., 1 SNIPE . 

On the rocks 16 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE .

By the footbridge a WATER RAIL .

Dave Pakes reports from South Efford Marsh -1 KINGFISHER, 

2 DUNLIN , 2 RINGED PLOVER , 20 + BLACK T GODWIT , 8 GREENSHANK , 1 REDSHANK , 2 CURLEW , 2 HERON .

I made a brief visit along the tidal road - 5 REDSHANK , 3 GREENSHANK , 8 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 BAR T GODWIT 1 COMMON S’PIPER , 3 GREY WAGTAIL 

At 16.30 at Huxton Cross - 1 SPRAWK , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 

30 LINNET , 50 SKYLARK 

At 18.40 flocks of CANADA GEESE flying over our garden , from the balcony I watched a BARN OWL hunting over the Marsh ( first garden record for at least 3 years ) , also flying in to roost 30 PIED WAG & 25 STARLING 

Just received a report of a GREY PARTRIDGE in field behind the Church 

A total of 70 species recorded 

 

SUN 30 SEPT 

A cloudy morning with only a light breeze.

A Garden Watch for an hour from 07.25 produced 29 species - 

7 BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY , 4 LONG T TIT , 100 MIPIT , 2 SISKIN 

1 CORMORANT ( flew up the valley ) , 1 JAY .

Nothing Offshore , visible migration from the carpark - 165 MIPIT , 

55 LINNET , 37 PIED WAGTAIL ,10 SWALLOW .55 LINNET, 52 GOLDFINCH .

ON South Huish Marsh - 5 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 SNIPE ,2 MED GULL , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 3 WHEATEAR , 

14 TEAL .

By the footbridge a WHITETHROAT 

SAT 29 SEPT 

A clear morning with a light N breeze . A seawatch from the car park 

from 07.35 - 09.50 . GANNETS moving through and feeding est of 

320 , Large Numbers of KITTIWAKE with one flock of 100 on the sea , total logged 315 ( certainly largest count this year ) Skuas were attacking the Kittis - 3 BONXIE @ 08.25, 1@ 09.00, 1 @ 09.05 , a dark phase ARCTIC SKUA @ 08.25 . A MED GULL flew W, 8 COMMON SCOTER , 11 RAZORMOT , .

3 DUNLIN & 5 RINGED PLOVER flew up the valley .

Viz Mig provided by - 56 MIPIT , 25 PIED WAG , 30 LINNET , 

19 SKYLARK, 16 CHAFFINCH 

A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR 

FRI 28 SEPT 

A CLOUDY MORNING FEELING COLL IN A BRISK F4-6 NE wind .

A Garden Watch cut short when I picked a flock of 200+ GANNET Offshore , in 30 min from 07.25 - 2 GOLDCREST , 1 CHIFFY , 2 BLACKCAP , 7 SAND MARTIN , 100 SWALLOW , 95 MIPIT , 1 GREEN WOODY .

Seawatch from the car park 08.45 - 10.45 - Highlight was a flock of 21 AVOCET flying around the Bay for 20 min from 09.08 ( record count for the patch ) they flew off towards Bantham . Rang Eric who was on his way to South Efford Marsh - they landed on the Marsh at 

09.45 , still there at 12.00 - only 2 previous records there in 30 + years both singles .

Also Offshore - 400 + GANNET , 150 + KITTIWAKE , 70 BLACK H GULL , 13 RAZORMOTT , 50 DUNLIN , 21 RINGED PLOVER 6 WHEATEAR , 200 HOUSE MARTIN , 625 SWALLOW , 1 SAND MARTIN , 5 SISKIN ( flew N ) 

James At Hope picked up a Ringtail HEN HARRIER (192 ) flying in off the sea at 09.45- flew towards Bolberry , and a BONXIE .

Eric also reported - 13 GREENSHANK , 5 REDSHANK , 24 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 80 TEAL , 1 SPOT FLY 

THURS 27 SEPT .

Could only carry out a Garden Watch today 1hour from 07.25 -

30 species - 2CHIFFY , 3 BLACKCAP , 1 LITTLE EGRET , 8 PIED WAG , 1 GREY WAG , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 14 WIGEON - flew E at 08.35 ( first this autumn )

James At Hope reported a MERLIN   over Bolt Tail , A pale phase ARCTIC SKUA - E 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER 

WED 26 SEPT 

 Another sunny morning - An hours viz mig watch at 07.20 from my garden only produced 27 species - the SWALLOW count was 20 .

Another visit to T’stone Church again very quiet only 80 SWALLOW , 

A SPRAWK , 8 SKYLARK 

At South Huish Marsh - 2BLACK T GODWIT , 1 WHEATEAR , big flocks of Hirundines over the Marsh and on the wires - estimated at least 2500 HOUSE  MARTIN , 1500 SWALLOW .

Surprise of the morning were 2RED T DIVER very close inshore still in summer plumage - photos follow 

James watching from Hope Cove had an ARCTIC SKUA,  75+ 

KITTIWAKE & MED GULLS , also over 100 Dolphin . Large flocks of GULLS ON THE SEA .

Alan ringed 38 new birds at South Milton Ley -2 CETTIS WARBLER 

( they have been scarce this year ) , 8 BLACKCAP, 1 REED WARBLER , 4 CHIFFY , 1 MIPIT , 4 SWALLOW .

TUES 25 SEPT 

Another busy viz mig morning , calm clear skies .

07.20-08.30 Garden Watch produced35 species - 

1760 SWALLOW, 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 30 SAND MARTIN

, 3 SKYLARK, 32 MIPIT , 30 LINNET , 2 PIED WAG , 1 GREY WAG -

all moving SE . Also 2 JAY , 4 BLACKCAP , 4 LONG T TIT , 1 GREEN WOODY , 1 TEAL , 2 CHIFFY.

Viz Mig watch 09.10 - 10.40 Behind T’stone Church -

1 GOLDCREST , 1 CHIFFY , 4 STONECHAT , 1 TREEPIPIT , 2 LONG T TIT , 1 CIRL BUNTING , 1 REED BUNTING .250 SWALLOW , 

6 HOUSE MARTIN , 25 SKYLARK , 62 MIPIT , 20 GOLDFINCH , 

11 PIED WAG , 8 CHAFFINCH .

10.25-12.50 BAY / South Huish Marsh - 

110 SWALLOW , 3 WHEATEAR , 10 MIPIT , 12 TEAL , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 60 LINNET , 1F REED BUNTING , 

1F YELLOW WAGTAIL .

At 12.40 picked up an unusual AUK on the sea and diving , after some time decided it was a 1st W BLACK GUILLEMOT ( 2nd Record. This year ) 

Earlier James At Hope had 1 BONXIE and 2 ARCTIC SKUA ( pale phase ) flying E although one of the Arctic’s spent 90 min sat on the sea , also 7 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 4 COMMON SCOTER 

MON 24 SEPT

First big viz mig day of autumn migration 

An hour Garden Watch from 07.20 produced 30 species and in excess of 700 birds - 235 SWALLOW , 50 HOUSE MARTIN , 26 SAND MARTIN , 155 MIPIT , 4 SISKIN , 8 GOLDFINCH, 2 RAVEN , 1 JAY, 

14 SKYLARK, 1 REED BUNTING , 2 BLACKCAP, 1 CHIFFY , best of all a MERLIN ( chasing Mipits ) ( 191) 

This afternoon from 17.00-17.40 12 BLACKCAP , 3 CHIFFY , 50 MIPIT , 4 STONECHAT , 1 SPRAWK 

One of the best local viz mig sites is the fields at the back of T’stone Church and the Golf Course - watched from 09.10-10.40 - 

12 CHAFFINCH , 6 GOLDFINCH , 2 CIRL BUNTING , 2 STONECHAT, 2 LINNET , 105 MIPIT , 50 SKYLARK , 55 SWALLOW , 26 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 WHEATEAR .

Brief visit to South Huish Marsh / Bay - 16 TEAL , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 

50 LINNET , 1 CHIFFY , 3 WHEATEAR , 385 SWALLOW , 130 HOUSE MARTIN , 20 MIPIT , 200 GANNET , 1M COMMON SCOTER ( 11 Reported this pm ) , 1 GREY PHALAROPE ( on sea off the rocks at 12.40 ) 

Nick had another WHEATEAR on the coast path .

Hopefully with this spell of settled weather the viz mig will continue 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports this morning - 1OSPREY , 

1GREEN SANDPIPER , 80 TEAL .

WOOD SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 AUG 

PHOTOS OF CATTLE EGRET 28 AUG

Record shots of SEDGE WARBLER in my garden 

OSPREY Aveton Gifford  16 Aug. by Alan Doidge 

RINGED PLOVER & SANDERLING On Leasfoot Beach 14 Aug 

REED AND SEDGE WARBLER in the reeds On 21 July 

Photos for 4 July - SANDWICH TERN ( almost a breeding display , presenting a sand eel ) , MARBLED WHITE , MED GULL , DUNLIN ,

JUV BLACK H GULL 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK & SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6 JUNE 

SANDERLING - 4 MAY 

WHIMBREL & BAR T GODWIT 3 MAY 

PHOTOS OF THE PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER AND 

DUNLIN At South Huish Marsh  / rocks 1 May 2018

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

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 

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

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 

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

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