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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Have posted a copy of the 2018 ANNUAL REVIEW -to access choose the appropriate header 

Have posted a copy of the FEBRUARY review in the section headed 

2019 Monthly  Review 

HAVE JUST POSTED A REPORT AND PHOTOS OF VISIT ON 20 MARCH TO PAPHOS LIGHTHOUSE - ON THE CYPRUS MARCH 2019 PAGE 

SAT 16 MAR 

Nothing to report today- poor visability in the morning .

We are off to Cyprus again - will update any news received and have set up a separate page for Cyprus news 

FRI 15 MAR 

The atrocious weather conditions continue - Gale F 8 W wind , showers , poor visability , rough seas - hardly any birds offshore 

in an hour this morning- 1GANNET , 35 HERRING GULL , 2 GREAT B B GULL , 1 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG , 1 RAZORMOT. On the rocks 

13 OYSTERCATCHER .

On South Huish Marsh - 45TEAL, 2 SHELDUCK , 10 MALLARD , 2 MUTE SWAN , 6 MOORHEN , 2 COOT , 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 

85 HERRING GULL , 15 LESSER B B GULL , 5 GREAT B B GULL .

 

A good contingent of birders attended the funeral and celebration

of the life of TONY SKYRME at St Mary’s Church , Plympton at 13.00 

today .

WED 13 MAR 

A morning of sunny periods with an F8+ NW wind .Very rough seas .

An hours seawatch from 09.30- 42 GANNET , 10 FULMAR , 

10 RAZORBILL, 13 RAZORMOT, 1 1W KITTIWAKE, 1 RED T DIVER .

On South Huish Marsh - 40TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 40 + GREAT B B GULL , 35 LESSER B B GULL , 300 HERRING GULL, 1 1W MED GULL , 4 BLACK H GULL , 2 RINGED PLOVER . at 12.30 aSWALLOW (132)

flew over - in a normal year this would have been a very early record .2 WATER PIPIT( showing signs of summer plumage )

At South Efford Marsh - Eric reports - 37 BLACK T GODWIT , 

1 CURLEW ,2 GREENSHANK , 1 REDSHANK , 14 SHELDUCK , 

20 TEAL .

Interesting that the flocks of WIGEON have departed from both sites this week 

 

 

TUES 12 MAR 

Storm Gareth this morning resulted in no birding . Reports received of 1M 7 F GOOSANDER at Hatch Bridge from Rod Bone  and a SAND MARTIN near South Huish Marsh this afternoon from Ritchie 

MON 11 MAR 

After a stormy and wet w/end nice to find some sunny periods today with only a few showers - A F4/5 WNW wind .

On South  Huish Marsh - 7 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK, 

1 WATER PIPIT .

On South Efford Marsh / Tidal Rd - 85 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 

8 SHELDUCK, 15 BLACK T GODWIT, 6 REDSHANK, 5 GREENSHANK , 

2 GREY WAGTAIL , 1 KESTREL .

Back to stormy and wet weather for the next 48 hours .

SUN 10 MAR 

A morning of sunny periods with storm F10 WNW winds and on the coast a sand storm - no opportunity for any seawatching .

A walk around South Huis Marsh - 40 TEAL , 8 WIGEON , 

2 SHELDUCK, 200 HERRING GULL , 50 LBBGULL , 20 GBB GULL , 

only 5 BLACK H GULL . Amongst the 5 ALBA WAGTAIL the first 

WHITE WAGTAIL ( 131) of the year .

SAT 9 MAR 

Only news today was a garden tick for Eric - late morning 2 CATTLE EGRET flew over his garden and up the valley .

Should back out on the patch Sunday 

THURS 7 MAR 

A nice sunny morning- odd shower, F7 WNW wind .

Another quiet morning in the Bay - seawatch from -8.45- 10.30 -

80 GANNET , 3 AD MED GULL - SE , 5 FULMAR, 4 RAZORMOT . At 10.00 a flock of 50 + WIGEON FLEW in and landed on the sea ( not part of those  on the Marsh ) .

 Lower numbers of Duck on the marsh - 32 WIGEON , 20 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 2 BARNACLE GOOSE .

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports at least 3 BLACKCAP in residents gardens 

 

WED 6 MAR 

Seawatch from 09.15 - 10.40 produced - 210 GANNET , 4 FULMAR,

2 KITTIWAKE, 2 COMMON GULL , 4 RAZORMOT, 3 RAZORBILL, 

1 BLACK T DIVER ( few SE @ 10.06 ) . On the rocks -

4 TURNSTONE , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 2 PURPLE SANDPIPER (130) 

On South Huish Marsh - 1ad MED GULL , 1 COMMON GULL , 25 LESSER B B GULL ,40 WIGEON, 50 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 

2 BARNACLE GOOSE . 1 CHIFFY 

Eric reports - Aveton Gifford - 1 TREE CREEPER , On South Efford Marsh - 60 WIGEON, 30 TEAL & the usual waders . On North Marsh 

a GREEN SANDPIPER 

WED 6 MARCH - Just received the sad news that Plymouth birder TONY SKYRME has died . Always enjoyed his company - he will be sadly missed . Photo taken on 17 February 2017 overlooking the Bay At Broadsands having been watching a PACIFIC DIVER 

 

 

Flock TUES 5 MAR

A morning of sunny periods until 11.30 when cloud and rain arrived ,A F6/7 SW wind .

A 2hour seawatch from 09.15 was unproductive- 35 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 1 RAZORMOT, 1 GREAT N DIVER ( SE @09.30) , 

1RED T DIVER 9 NW @ 10.30 . 

On the rocks 1 RINGED PLOVER , 5 TURNSTONE - At 16.30 increased to 9.

On South Huish Marsh - 35 LESSER B B GULL , 1 COMMON GULL , 1 1W MED GULL , 50 TEAL , 40 WIGEON, 2 SHELDUCK , 2 BARNACLE GOOSE , 1 WATER PIPIT , PEREGRINE over .

At South Milton Ley Dave reports , WATER RAIL , GREEN SANDPIPER,Bunting flock still with CHAFFINCH , CIRL BUNTING & 

YELLOWHAMMER 

STARLINGS have been few on the patch in the last month - Nick has murmuration flock of around 500 over South Milton Village from 16.00- could be roosting in South Milton Ley 

Looks like another stormy and wet night .

REDSHANK - R AVON 4 MAR 

MON 4 MAR 

Amorning of showers and thick cloud with a F6/7 WSW wind .

On South Huish Marsh few Gulls today - Only 9 LESSER B B , 2 AD COMMON GULL , now 3 COOT , only new arrivals - 3 SHELDUCK .

Seawatch - 09.15-10.30 - 35 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 2 RAZORMOT , 

1 GREAT N DIVER ( SE @ 09.15 ) , 1RED T DIVER ( Se @10.10 ) 

Near South Milton Ley 10 REDWING flew over the road .

Along the Aveton Gifford Tidal Road - 38 BLACK T GODWIT. , 

4 GREENSHANK , 5 REDSHANK , CURLEW , 2 SHELDUCK .

Yesterday Ritchie took some photos of the Gulls on South Huish Marsh - amongst the flock of LESSER B B GULLS Is a 1w YELLOW L GULL .

Anyone interested in Gulls , I have posted a photo on the Cyprus’s Feb trip page of an adult ARMENIAN GULL in winter plumage 

SUN 3 MAR 

Managed to get out this morning before storm Freya arrived - heavy showers , F8 SW wind , poor offshore visability.

Large flock of Gulls on South Huish Marsh At 09.45 - 

170 LESSER B B GULL ( probably a site record ) 100 HERRING , 10

GREAT B B , 40 BLACK H . 3 MED (1ad, 2 2W ) 1 COMMON GULL .

otherwise same as yesterday .

An hours seawatch from 10.10 in the gloom found- 35 GANNET , 

2 KITTIWAKE, 1 FULMAR , 6 RAZORBILL . 1 RED T DIVER - on the sea from 11.00 

SAT 2 MAR 

Sunny periods early , 100% cloud from 10.30. SW 6/7 WIND .

On South Huish Marsh - 38 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 2 BARNACLE GOOSE , 2 WATERPIPIT, 9 LESSER B B GULL . Returned at 16.00-

 4CURLEW , 4 RINGED PLOVER , 1 SPRAWK .

Seawatching from 09.45 - 11.00 - 51 GANNET , 10 KITTIWAKE, 2 FULMAR , 72 RAZORMOT, 1 F COMMON SCOTER , 1 GREAT N DIVER ( SE @10.10) 

At South Milton Ley Dave reports - 2 WATER RAIL , TAWNY OWL , in the Finch flock - YELLOWHAMMER, CHAFFINCH , REED BUNTING 

FRI 1 MAR - FIRST SPRING MIGRANTS 

At South Efford Marsh Eric had 5 SAND MARTIN (129) this morning 

probably the earliest patch record . Also - 30 TEAL , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 GREENSHANK, 1 REDSHANK, 36 BLACK T GODWIT, 22 CURLEW, GREY WAGTAIL.

40 min Garden Watch from 07.50 produced 25 species inc- 

30 CHAFFINCH , 1 F CIRL BUNTING , 1 REED BUNTING , 2 GREENFINCH , SONG THRUSH , 1 GOLDCREST .

In the Bay this morning - 1 AD MED GULL , 60 GANNET , 1 RAZORMOT , 1 PRERGRINE , 

 

On South Huish Marsh - 40 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 2 BARNACLE GOOSE , 4 SNIPE , 2 CHIFFY , 1 AD MED GULL 

Looks like some stormy weather from around lunchtime Sat until Sunday F9/10 SW winds and rain - could be interesting !

THURS 28 FEB 

 Big change in the weather - heavy showers this morning , F6/7SW wind - good passage of birds 

Seawatch for 2 hours from 09.40- 60GANNET . 1 KITTIWAKE , 1 1W COMMON GULL , Small flock of 25 BLACK H GULL , 5AD 1 2W 1 1W 

MED GULL ( all flew SE in singles ) , 8 FULMAR , 14 RAZORMOT -

ALL Flying S E 

On the sea at 11.05- 1 BLACK THROATED DIVER , 1 GUILLEMOT .

On rocks - 3 TURNSTONE .

On South Huish Marsh - 40 WIGEON , 30 TEAL ,2 RINGED PLOVER , 2AD 4 2W  1 1W MED GULL , 3AD 1 1W COMMON GULL .

1 WATER PIPIT .

At 13.00 Alan had a 1W GLAUCOUS GULL ( 128) flew from the marsh towards the rocks 

In the lanes a MISTLE THRUSH 

WED 27 FEB 

Another beautiful Spring day and it is still February .A light E breeze .

On South Huish Marsh - 2 BARNACLE GOOSE, 20 TEAL , 3 SNIPE , 1 COOT , 4 RINGED PLOVER , 1 SPRAWK , 1M CIRL BUNTING , 2 REED BUNTING, 1 WATER PIPIT .3AD 1 2W MED GULL ( flew up the valley at 10.00 ) at 12.15 a 1w on the marsh .

on the rocks 10 TURNSTONE.

On the sea - 40 WIGEON ( flew back onto the marsh at 11.45 ) 

5 TEAL .

Report from Eric that Rod Bone had 2 DIPPER ( 127 ) on the Avon at the top end of North Marsh 

CYPRUS FEB 2019 

Anyone interested in what we have found on our latest Cyprus trip 

look under the heading Cyprus Feb 2019 - interesting ! 

BARNACLE GOOSE on South Huish Marsh 26 Feb 

TUES 26 FEB 

Fine sunny morning a cool E F 4 wind on the coast . Nice to be back on the patch 

2 BARNACLE GOOSE  on the Marsh feeding with the CANADA GOOSE flock , 30 TEAL , 40 WIGEON, 1 COOT , 4 RINGED PLOVER , 3 SNIPE , 1 LITTLE EGRET 

On the rocks 12 TURNSTONE, Offshore - GANNET , CORMORANT , SHAG .

On South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 14GREENSHANK , 9 REDSHANK, 

30 BLACK T GODWIT, 60 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , CURLEW , 20 SHELDUCK .

Lunchtime Alan had a pair of SHOVELER ( 126 ) fly in off the sea onto the Marsh 

RECORD SHOTS OF - SHORT  EARED OWL , BEWICK’S SWAN , COOT 

( just look at those feet ), BARNACLE GOOSE , COMMON CRANE .

Taken 17 Jan at AUST WATH & SLIMBRIDGE 

 

FRI 18 JAN 

A cloudy morning with showers , wind F7 S , sea rough .

On the Marsh - 85 WIGEON , 40 TEAL , 1M GADWALL , 1 DB BRENT GOOSE , 1 BLACK SWAN , 8 SNIPE .

Bay watched from the flats from 10.00 - 12.00-

110 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 4 KITTIWAKE , 3 COMMON SCOTER ( + 2 on sea ) , 12 RAZORMOT - All SE .2 RAZORBILL - on sea .

On the rocks - 10 RINGED PLOVER , 9 TURNSTONE 

 

THURS 17 JAN 

First stop this morning on a sunny crisp winters day was Cew Vally Reservoir-lots of Duck at least 200 POCHARD , 15 GOLDENEYE ., 

25 PINTAIL , 12 SHELDUCK , Also 1 COMMON SANDPIPER . 

Next stop was a visit to Slimbridge - very busy particularly with photographers - 120 E. WHITE FRONTED GOOSE , 80 BARNACLE GOOSE,100’s of GREYLAG GOOSE , 6 COMMON CRANE , 100 BEWICK

SWAN , 10 SNIPE , 1 JACK SNIPE , only 1BLACK T GODWIT , 10 REDSHANK , 100 + DUNLIN .

Finally a Late afternoon visit to Aust Wath - superb 30 mins as the sun set watching 4 hunting SHORT EARED OWL 

Back on the patch on Friday .

WED 16 JAN 

A voucher for a hotel near Chew Valley Reservoir saw Anne & myself off on a 2 day trip - 

Stated At Exminster Marshes / Exe Estuary- Highlights - 20 SHOVELER,10 PINTAIL, 1M POCHARD , lots of BRENT GOOSE -DB , 

500 + GOLDEN PLOVER , 500 + LAPWING , 100+AVOCET , 25 GREY PLOVER , KNOTT , BLACK & BAR TAILED GODWIT , LOTS OF CURLEW & DUNLIN

Drove Up to Ham Wall for lunch , thankfully when we arrived the heavy rain had stopped - had superb views of 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET , 2 MARSH HARRIER, OVER 200 GADWALL , lots of TUFTED DUCK & POCHARD , 1 WATER RAIL , in the small woodland behind the visitor centre , plenty of small bird activity best of which were 3 REDPOLL .

Drove over to Aller Moor - At one stop by the River Parrot managed to find 3 COMMON CRANE - 2ad &1Juv .

Overnight At the Old Station Inn At Hallatrow with dinner in a very fine old railway carriage with big comfy armchairs - very nice 

TUES 15 JAN 

An overcast morning with showers from 12.00 , wind F4/5 SW .

Bay watched from 09.30- 12.00from both car park and flats -

80+ GANNET , 2 KITTIWAKE, 15 RAZORMOT-SE , 2 GUILLEMOT- on sea , 2 RED T DIVER , 3 GREAT N DIVER, . The 11 COMMON SCOTER + 1LONG T DUCK difficult to find on the choppy sea- picked them up briefly at 11.15

On the rocks 8 RINGED PLOVER , 3 TURNSTONE.

South Huish Marsh very much same again apart from Gulls - 

40 BLACK H GULL , 250+ HERRING GULLS, 1 COMMON GULL .

MON 14JAN 

A sunny morning with a light NW breeze resulting in a calm sea .

Offshore from 09.15 to 10.45 from the car park a fantastic spectacle 

of a pod of 30 + Dolphin surrounded a large shoal of fish with over 250 GULLS , GANNETS , 15 RAZORBILL feeding on the leftovers 

almost qualified as a David Attenborough moment .Particulrly enjoyed by Johnathan & Lesley Davidson visiting from Cheddar .

Also logged - 3RED T DIVER , 1 BLACK T DIVER ( flew NW @ 11.25) ,1 GUILLEMOT , .The COMMON SCOTER flock of 11 and the LONG TAILED DUCK again in the Bay watched all morning .

On the  rocks 8 TURNSTONE .

South Huish Marsh held same birds as yesterday , also a WATER PIPIT .

Eric reports a LITTLE OWL(105 )  calling this evening ,a local resident had seen one on the tennis court posts this morning 

Photos of RINGED PLOVER & TURNSTONE taken today 

SIB CHIFFY ringed 11Jan At South Milton Ley AlanPomroy 

Record shots of RED RUMPED SWALLOW at Torpoint 12 Dec 

Record shots in poor light  of GREY LAG GOOSE at South Huish Marsh and MANDARIN at Aveton Gifford- 5 DEC 2018

PHOTOS FROM ALAN D OF WATER PIPIT , SCANDANAVIAN HERRING GULL - ARGENTATUS At South Huish Marsh Nov 2018

BRENT GOOSE , SNOW BUNTING , SHORE LARK - ALL JUST RECORD SHOTS - NORFOLK 3 NOV 

Nice photo of a MERLIN by Alan Doidge At South Huish Marsh 

JUV PECTORAL SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH - taken by Paul Rossiter 

Latest images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE provided by Steve Hopper 

Record shots of TREE SPARROW , REDSHANK , BARNACLE GOOSE 

at RSPB SALTHOLME 

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

A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER 

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 

REED AND SEDGE WARBLER in the reeds On 21 July 

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

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

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 

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

RECORD SHOTS OF SANDERLING on the rocks 21 NOV 2017 

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

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

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

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

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

Some stunning photos of  SQUACCO HERON by Alan Doidge

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