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
Any comments you wish to make can be entered in the guestbook.
The OCTOBER review has been posted and I have transferred the OCTOBER sightings to the archive 2016 section .
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
FRI 9 DEC
A 40 min Garden watch from 07.50 only produced 24 species but did include - 1 NUTHATCH, 1m BLACKCAP, 4 CHIFFY.
On Leasfoot Beach at 09.10 the DESERT WHEATEAR was still showing well - mostly around the upturned boat . It has now been on the patch since the 8 OCT.
On South Huish marsh - 25 WIGEON, 65 TEAL, 2 MUTE SWAN,
2 LITTLE GREBE, 1 BLACK T GODWIT ,1 LAPWING, 1 DUNLIN, 9 OYSTERCATCHER. 40 GOLDFINCH, 10 GREENFINCH.
By the Flats 1 ad Male and 1 F BLACK REDSTART, on the rocks
22 TURNSTONE .
Offshore at least 150 GANNET, 2 AUKS flew east
At South Efford marsh Eric reports very little change over the last 2 weeks , up to 8 WATER PIPIT, 4 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 GREENSHANK, 2 REDSHANK, 30 CURLEW, 1 LAPWING . Numbers of Wigeon and TEAL have reduced
THURS 8 DEC
The 200th specie was recorded today at 13.00 - a VELVET SCOTER. Anyone who follows this blog will be aware of my attempts to reach this toal having failed in the last 4 years only reaching 198 in 2011 and 2012. Still the rest of December to see if the total can be increased.
Whilst I was away some records received for the patch -
DESERT WHEATEAR -daily , up to 3 BLACK REDSTARTS ( inc an ad Male ), a MERLIN, .
Alan P held 2 ringing sessions - 1st Dec- 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 17 CHIFFY, 2 REED BUNTING, 2 BULLFINCH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY ,
6 DEC - 1 FIRECREST, 1 GOLDCREST, 9 CHIFFY, 2 SIB CHIFFY, 1 REED BUNTING, 2 BULLFINCH, also on site -3 MISTLE THRUSH, 58 LAPWING, 1 PEREGRINE
MON 5 DEC -LANZAROTE UPDATE 2
Only managed to add 2 new species - a pair of TUFTED DUCK flew onto the salt pan lake and a juv MARSH HARRIER flew over the scrub land at Soo.
waders at the salt pans on our last 2 visits much less numerous , BLACK WINGERD STILT up to 40, RUDDY SHELDUCK 13 , the BLACK NECKED GREBE FLOCK UP TO 50 .
Last day with the car saw us driving to the north of the island very few birds , one area described a few years ago as the best site on the island for waders was completely dried out. Finished up driving to the arrears of scrub and desert land around Soo, the site where we found the HOUBARAS was quiet apart from a flock of up to 20 BERTHELOTS PIPIT and a few SHORT TOED LARK . Next stop the area where the STONE CURLEW were, today a flock of 50 provided great views down to 25 feet.
Driving along one of the scrub tracks was where the MARSH HARRIER flew through, whilst watching it hunting it disturbed 2 HOUBARA BUSTARD which then flew over us at a height of 20 feet landing nearby, superb views of a pair both inflight and feeding on the ground . Over the next dune a flock of 7 CREAM COLOURED COURSER watched for 30 mins viewed at 30-50 yards
Whilst LANZAROTE will never produce a range of species to match other holiday trips it has been very rewarding , it may have taken several hours of scanning the scrubland but the results made it worthwhile .It is a long time since i had 4 life ticks in such a short time and still in Europe
SAT 3 DEC - LANZAROTE UPDATE
Local walks along the coast paths only produced 15 species by thursday , best of which was a SPOTTED SANDPIPER on the rocks .
Collected a car on Fri morning which transformed the week, first stop was the nearby Saltpans - a great site for waders -35 BLACK WINGED STILT, 8 REDSHANK, 2 GREENSHANK,3 AVOCET,25 + KENTISH PLOVER, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 30 SANDERLING, 8 TURNSTONE, 2 LITTLE STINT, 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER, On one of the main pools a flock of 42 BLACK NECKED GREBE, 11 RUDDY SHELDUCK , 2 MALLARD and a BLACK H GULL. In nearby scrubland , 2 SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE, 2 BERTHOLET PIPITS, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL.
Taking a small track off-road came across s large flock of birds comprising - 60+ LINNET, 10 TRUMPETER FINCH, 5 LESSER SHORT TOED LARK. By the camel station 50+ ROCK DOVE .
Next searching for the Bustards - unsigned sand based tracks had to be negotiated , we did mange to find a flock of 17 CREAM COLOURED COURSER ( great views )2 SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE, 15 LESSER SHORT TOED LARK, 10 BERTHOLETS PIPIT and 3 CATTLE EGRET
Species list up to 33
This morning heavy rain and low cloud - made our way to SOO, over breakfast 3 GANNET feeding in the Bay .
Near SOO found a flock of 20 CATTLE EGRET, Looking at them realized hidden amongst the bushes were at least 45 STONE CURLEW. Again spent a couple of hours looking for the Bustard , another 25 CATTLE EGRET seen, then at 11.55 managed to pick up a large bird running through some bushe s , after a few minutes scoping the area found 4 HOUBARA BUSTARD with some good in flight views of 1.
So far 4 life ticks , largest flocks of B N GREBE, CC COURSER and STONE CURLEW .
Off for another look around the saltpans .
MON 28 NOV
Eric reports 2 WOODCOCK at South Efford Marsh
SUN 27 NOV
Just arrived in Lanzarote , rec'd an email from Nick to confirm 10 Barnacle GEESE on South Huish Marsh this morning . This is no 199
for the patch this year , only 1 more needed to reach the target of 200 .
Also on Leasfoot Beach, the DESERT WHEATEAR and 2 BLACK REDSTART
SAT 26 NOV
100% cloud cover , light f2/3 E breeze
On Leasfoot Beach the DESERT WHEATEAR continues to perform for the increasing number of visitors , one birder had driven down from Worcester. When I left the carpark at 12.50 it was on the roof of the block of flats. Also on the Beach a nice male BLACK REDSTART
An hour seawatch from the carpark from 09.20 produced -
50 GANNET, 15 KITTIWAKE, 2 GREAT N DIVER, 1 SHELDUCK,
1f PINTAIL , 16 TEAL and 1m 5f SHOVELER ( on sea then east ) - first this autumn , 62 COMMON SCOTER - east ( largest flock -30),
11 WIGEON, 28 AUKS - east
On South Huish Marsh - 3m 4f GADWALL, 80 TEAL, 11 WIGEON,
8 SNIPE, 5 LAPWING, 1 WATER PIPIT, 2 REED BUNTING
On the rocks - 10 TURNSTONE, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 2 DUNLIN
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 WATER RAIL, 4 BLACK T GODWIT, 4 GREENSHANK, 3 REDSHANK, 2 DUNLIN, 200+ TEAL, 150+ WIGEON, 8 WATER PIPIT . Large numbers of Thrushes around
FRI 25 NOV
A clear morning but still the cold E F6/7 wind
Most interesting birds through the garden first thing were - 450 WOOD PIGEON, 40 GOLDFINCH, 12 CHAFFINCH, 4 GREENFINCH,
2 RAVEN, 1 GREAT SP WOODY, 3 MISTLE THRUSH
Joined by Doug Stannard this morning
At 09.00 the DESERT WHEATEAR was still showing well on Leasfoot Beach .
On South Huish Marsh - 2 DUNLIN, 1 REDSHANK, 60 TEAL,
All this mornings action was offshore - a 2hour seawatch produced - 110 WIGEON ( 2 flocks on the sea ) 16 TEAL, 1 GREAT N DIVER ( on sea ), 18 DUNLIN and 5 GREY PLOVER flew in off the sea and straight up the valley.
On the rocks - 16 TURNSTONE and 6 RINGED
THURS 24 NOV
A day with less cloud but a cold ENE f5/6 wind ,.
The DESERT WHEATEAR continued to show well on Leasfoot Beach, now present for 17 days , probably the longest stay of any of the Devon records
A 45 min garden watch from 07.55 this morning produced 30 species - nothing really interesting apart from - 47 GOLDFINCH
( 1 flock of 30 ), 2 SONG THRUSH, 8 CHAFFINCH, 7 MIPIT, 2 TEAL.
On South Huish Marsh - 6 DUNLIN, 1 REDSHANK, 1 LAPWING,
1 SNIPE, 70 + TEAL, 1 L.GREBE, 1 WATER PIPIT .
A 90 min seawatch from the shelter of the flats was good - on the rocks - 14 TURNSTONE, 5 RINGED PLOVER, 1f BLACK REDSTART.
Offshore the bird of the day swimming with 2 SHELDUCK was a Female RED BREASTED MERGANSER ( 198 )-first this year . 2 more SHELDUCK flew west , 5 COMMON SCOTER flew east, 10 AUKS flew east , 2 WIGEON ( on sea )20 STARLING flew in off the sea , 2 GREAT N DIVER.
Around Aveton Gifford and the tidal road Eric reports- 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 1 FIRECREST, 6 CHIFFY, 40 REDWING, 6 FIELDFARE, SPARROWHAWK . Waders on South Efford Mrash unchanged from Wednesday
WED 23 NOV
A much brighter morning but a cool light NE wind .
A 45 min Garden watch from 07.55 produced 27 species inc -
1 REED BUNTING, 1 BULLFINCH , 3 STONECHAT, 22 GOLDFINCH,
1 RAVEN and amongst 17 MEADOW PIPIT was a WATER PIPIT
The DESERT WHEATEAR continued to show well on Leasfoot Beach . Off Warren Pt 12 COMMON SCOTER landed on the sea , a REDSHANK flew west , 75+ GANNET , a RED T DIVER flew east at 11.10
With Eric back on site he reports from South Efford Marsh -
35 CURLEW, 4 BLACK T GODWIT, 4 GREENSHANK, 3 REDSHANK,
2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 150+ WIGEON, 200+ TEAL, 60 REDWING,
5 FIELDFARE . Last winter this was the best local site for WATER PIPIT - looks as though it will continue this winter , today not less than 12 watched
Yesterday Rod Bone had 2 GREEN SANDPIPER on the north Marsh
TUES 22 NOV
Surprisingly a drty morning with 80% cloud and a brisk F6/7 NW wind
The DESERT WHEATEAR continuse to pose for the photographers on Leasfoot Beach.
On South Huish marsh this morning a flock of 38 LAPWING,
1 REDSHANK ( scarce bird at this site ), 1 DUNLIN . 55 TEAL a further 15 flew in at 10.00 ,also 6 sat on the sea .6 WIGEON,
1 LITTLE GREBE.
On the rocks 10 TURNSTONE . Offshore 1f COMMON SCOTER , 40 GANNET, 10 AUKS and 4 KITTIWAKE
MON 21 NOV
Another night of heavy rain , this has resulted in some nice pools forming on what was Thurlestone Marsh - this morning they held -
90 CANADA GOOSE, 50 MALLARD, 20 TEAL, a GREEN WOODY flew through .
Early this morning the South Milton Ley pool broke through into the sea .
The DESERT WHEATEAR was on Leasfoot beach again this morning for the 13th day
There was a short dry period from 09.20 which enabled me to do a 90min seawatch from the car park - 265 GANNET flew mainly east, 1 KITTIWAKE, 1 AUK, 1 WIGEON, 2 PINTAIL, 6 TEAL ,
1 m COMMON SCOTER flew through. at 10.40 a GREAT N DIVER flew east , also 47 GREAT B B GULL
On 2 NOV I saw a colour ringed WHEATEAR on the beach at South Huish Marsh , some great detective work by Alan Pomroy has confirmed the bird was ringed as a 1st w GREENLAND WHEATEAR.
on Heligoland on 29 Sept 2016, unusually it stayed on the island and was last seen on 25 Oct 2016
CHIFFCHAFF - the ringing team ring a large number each yaer , although not one of our birds a bird ringed at Littleton Brick Pits , South Glos on 28 Aug 2016 was controlled on 31 Oct 2016 at Calela del Sabo Lanzarote . A distance of 2648km in 63 days . Remarkable .
SUN 20 NOV
Having been away for 2 days back on the patch this morning , after one of the stormiest nights and lots of rain .
From 08.30 the DESERT WHEATEAR was showing well to the increasing number of visiting birders , still on show lunchtime. It must now be one of the most photographed birds ever on the patch . Nothing seems to disturb it and shows down to a few feet.
On South Huish Marsh the overnight rain has resulted in a large increase in the water levels, even the LITTLE GREBE was diving in the middle lake ( it was the only diving bird on the marsh ) ,
65 TEAL, 18 WIGEON, 1 DUNLIN, 1 KINGFISHER, 8 SNIPE ,
On the roof of the nearby flats a f BLACK REDSTART
Late afternoon through my garden - 2 GOLDCREST, 1 CHIFFY, 1 LONG T TIT
Another night of gale force winds and heavy rain to come
THURS 17 NOV
A very wet and windy start to the morning, F8 WSW .
The DESERT WHEATEAR showed well from 08.30 on Leasfoot Beach - its favorite spot was in the riht hand corner, with a high tide it was showing down to 15 feet .Birders who arrived late morning could not locate it. I went down at 15.00 to meet Graham & Martin again could not find it .
Managed a 90 min seawatch from 09.40- 60 GANNET, 52 KITTIWAKE, 1 RAZORBILL and 20 AUKS.On the rocks 17 TURNSTONE ( high count for here ) , 1 RINGED PLOVER and a total of 29 OYSTERCATCHER.
South Huish marsh all blown out , 35 TEAL, 9 WIGEON,
WED 16 NOV
Highlight of the day was the finding of the DESERT WHEATEAR on Leasfoot beach ( near the Golf Club ) around 12.00. Information was posted on both Devon Birds and Rare Bird Alert. It was showing well at lest until 14.30 so hopefully a number of birders who dipped on previous visits managed to add it to their Life/ Year lists.It has now been around the patch for 8 days .
Earlier on T'stone Marsh another spell of overnight rain resulted in a flock of 17 CANADA GOOSE spending most of the day feeding, also 5 MALLARD. At 16.15 a STARLING roost of around a 1000 birds built up before flying off to South Milton Ley .
On the Ley this morning a LITTLE GREBE - the water level is very high, hopefully the storms due later this week will not result in it breaking through
On South Huish Marsh only - 35 TEAL, 4 WIGEON, 20 SNIPE,
1 LAPWING, 1 WATER PIPIT
On the rocks today only 1 TURNSTONE compared with 9 and 8 RINGED PLOVER yesterday
Offshore in a 90min seawatch - 110 GANNET, 24 KITTIWAKE ,
3 AUKS and 6 SKYLARK flew N
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 3 WATER PIPIT, 1 FIRECREST, 4 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 GREENSHANK, 3 REDSHANK, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER. A mixed flock of 25 LAPWING and 14 GOLDEN PLOVER flew down the river.,also 300+ TEAL, 200 WIGEON and
1 TUFTED DUCK
Looks like a wet morning on Thurs with wsw f 9 winds around lunchtime , could be interesting
MON 14 NOV
No sign of the DESERT WHEATEAR around my house this morning . Drove over to South Huish Marsh at 09.30, first bird seen on one of the fence posts at the far end of the carpark was the bird, managed to photo it . On view for 15 Mins before it flew onto the marsh. When I left at 10.15 could not relocate it . The rocks around the flats would be one area to look at , once the sun gets on them plenty of food available , also lots of seaweed full of bugs.
Seems that only Tony M found the bird this morning , despite a large number of birders around the patch no further sightings . It did not come to our courtyard this afternoon
On South Huish Marsh this morning - 11 LAPWING ( 8 flew NW ), 1 SHELDUCK, 35 TEAL, 4 WIGEON, 12 SNIPE, 1 WATER PIPIT . On the rocks 4 RINGED PLOVER
Photos of the DESERT WHEATEAR 13 Nov 2016 from Alan Doidge
SUN 13 NOV
A fine sunny day , a good morning on the patch with a good sunday turnout of Graham, Martin , Bob and Chris . However the afternoon was much better- I was watching a FIRECREST and a m BLACKCAP in my garden when at 15.40 my wife ANNE found the DESERT WHEATEAR on our roof . The bird showed well down to 15 feet until the light faded at 16.50 Alan took some good photos which I will post later this evening or on Monday . So , where has this bird been since Tueday ?, Is it on a feeding circuit which brings it into our courtyard in the afternoon ? Will be looking first thing in the morning and after 13.30 - have to take the car to Rowes in Plymouth for 12.00
Offshore this morning - a GREAT N DIVER flew east at 09.20,
25+ GANNET, 1 FULMAR ., 12 SKYLARK, . Overhead 25 STOCK DOVE ( 3 flocks ), 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 COAL TIT .
On South Huish Marsh - 45 TEAL, 8 WIGEON, 10 SNIPE,
3 LAPWING, 3 DUNLIN , 2 LITTLE GREBE, . On the roof of the house / flats 2 juv / female BLACK REDSTART. Around the copse - 1 SIBERIAN CHIFFY, 2 CHIFFY, 1 GOLDCREST, 15 LONG T TIT,
1f BULLFINCH, 2 SONG THRUSH
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 GREEN SANDPIPER,
2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 5+ WATER PIPIT, 2 ROCK PIPIT,
230+ TEAL, 40+ WIGEON,2 SHELDUCK, 3 BLACK T GODWIT,
3 REDSHANK, 35 CURLEW, 2 FIELDFARE
SAT 12 NOV
heavy overnight rain produced some pools on T'stone Marsh which attracted 37 MALLARD and 11 TEAL. Seen around the garden - 80 STARLING, 4 SKYLARK, 1 JAY. , 3 CHIFFY and a
On South Huish Marsh - 70 TEAL, 25 MALLARD, 7 WIGEON,
2 LAPWING, 1 L GREBE, 1 WATER PIPIT.
FRI 11 NOV
Conditions looked very good for some WOOD PIGEON passage - calm with clear skies - Watched from 07.45 for 1 hour - 2300 in first 15 mins then only another 250 in 45 mins .
Other sightings - 45 CHAFFINCH, 30 GOLDFINCH, 4 SONG THRUSH, 2 REDWING , 1 STONECHAT. Only 28 species this morning .
On South Huish Marsh - 65 TEAL, 4 WIGEON, 3 SNIPE, 2 DUNLIN, 1 LAPWING, 1 L GREBE
Offshore - 2 GUILLEMOT and 10 WIGEON ( on sea ), amongst a flock of 125 BLACK H GULL was a 2w MED GULL.On the rocks
10 TURNSTONE, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING.
Alan P ringed this morning -19 CHIFFY, 1 BLACKCAP,
2 GOLDCREST, 1 REED BUNTING, 2retrapped CETTIS WARBLER, a KINGFISHER on site .
Eric this morning reported 1m 3f BRAMBLING ( in his garden ). On the marsh /river - 120 WIGEON, 200+ TEAL, 1ad MED GULL,
3 GREENSHANK, 4 REDSHANK, 3 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER 1 FIRECREST, 3 L GREBE . He also commented on 15+ SONG THRUSH around
THURS 10 NOV
5/8 cloud this morning with a NW wind f3 . A 90 min viz mig watch from 07.30 produced 36 species. 1000 WOOD PIGEON in the first 15min , but only155 in the next 75min . 65 GOLDFINCH, 46 CHAFFINCH were the main passage. 5 TEAL flew through,
1 GREY WAGTAIL, 3 JAY, 3 CHIFFY and both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODY.
In fields near South Huish Marsh liquid manure was being sprayed, this brought a large increase in GULLS - 1000+ HERRING, 150/200 BLACK HEADED, 10 LESSER B B .On the Marsh only
35 TEAL , 7 WIGEON, 4 SNIPE, 2 DUNLIN
Rod Bone walked along the R Avon and had 125 WIGEON ,
1 TUFTED DUCK and 4 LITTLE GREBE
WED 9 NOV
A clear early morning with some heavy showers later . Went out in search of the DESERT WHEATEAR at 07.30, despite a couple of hours looking no trace , will have to wait and see if it returns. The overnight weather , heavy rain and strong NW winds did not help.
A short visit to South Huish marsh - only 8 WIGEON and around 30 TEAL.
On the rocks a visiting birder reported a PURPLE SANDPIPER, as the tide came in TURNSTONE increased to 12 also 2 RINGED PLOVER and a KINGFISHER
Offshore an ad KITTIWAKE flew west ( first since Sept )7 AUKS , 25 + GANNET . At 10.30 picked up a 1st W SABINES GULL ( 196 )
flying east ahead of a squall approx 250yds off . Good scope views obtained ( first record since Oct 2013 )
At South efford Marsh this afternoon Eric reports - 200+ TEAL,
27 WIGEON, 3 BLACK T GODWIT, 3 GREENSHANK, 2 REDSHANK,
1 LAPWING, 1 KINGFISHER and a WATER PIPIT
TUES 8 NOV
'Record shots of a bird found at 14.00 on the roof of my house! a 1st winter male DESERT WHEATEAR ( 195 ). Needless to say a patch life tick and a first for the patch .Bird on site until 14.40
Have now posted 3 record shots ,in. Flight one shows the Black tail.
Both Alan and Eric arrived in time to catch a glimpse of the bird before it flew off towards the Golf Club . Despite a thorough search it could not be relocated before dark .
The last record for Devon was the Mansands adult male in NOV 2011, probably the 6th record for Devon .
Certainly the best garden tick since I moved into Thurlestone in July 2008.
The day had started with a 90min viz mig watch from my garden, 34 species inc - 8 LAPWING ( 7 west , 1 up the valley )1 GREY WAGTAIL,
25 CHAFFINCH, 15 SKYLARK, 5 CHIFFCHAFF, 6 LONG T TIT,
21 GOLDFINCH, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 2 JAY
Offshore - 1 GREAT N DIVER ( on sea), 8 COMMON SCOTER, 1 TEAL ( flew east with a SCOTER ) 2 WIGEON in off , 5db BRENT GOOSE ( flew west, then returned ,circled the Bay before returning east ), 20 GANNET .
With a flat sea picked up a pod of at least 8 DOLPHIN .
By the footbridge - 2 REED BUNTING,1 CHIFFY, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 WATER RAIL, 1 SONG THRUSH .
On South Huish Marsh - 55 TEAL, 7 WIGEON , 10 MALLARD, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 1 KINGFISHER, 7 SNIPE, 3 DUNLIN, 1 LAPWING, 1 CHIFFY and the first WATER PIPIT of the winter.
On the rocks - 7 RINGED PLOVER, 5 TURNSTONE, 1 GREY WAGTAIL .
Over at South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 2 WATER PIPIT, 1 YELLOW B WARBLER (. Heard only ) 3 BLACK T GODWIT, 3 GREENSHANK,
2 REDSHANK, 28 CURLEW, 150+ TEAL, 1 FIRECREST, 6 CHIFFY,
7 BULLFINCH, 4+ SONG THRUSH .
A very memorable day for a local patch birder !
MON 7 NOV
A cold clear morning with a N breeze from 08.30.
Started with a viz mig watch from my garden at 07.30 for 1 hour 34 species recorded. Main passage was WOOD PIGEON, mainly small flocks with only 2 at 1000, total logged 5410
Also- 29 CHAFFINCH, 25 STARLING, 2 SONG THRUSH,
2 REDWING, 1 REDPOLL, 11 STOCK DOVE, 4 CHIFFY,
1 BULLFINCH, 4 SKYLARK .
This afternoon - 4 CHIFFY, 3 GOLDCREST, 6 LONG T TIT
Joined this morning by Graham who had a F MERLIN in the lanes entering the village, also a report of a F BLACK REDSTART on a house roof .
Offshore the surprise was a SLAVONIAN GREBE ( 194 ) drifting west , also 4 COMMON SCOTER on the sea and 18 east,
75 + GANNET, a few AUKS east and 2 WIGEON .
On South Huish Marsh early morning Paul Bouldon reported a CATTLE EGRET which then flew into the field containing the CANADA GOOSE flock .Also 45 TEAL, 7 WIGEON, 1 DUNLIN,
On the rocks 6 TURNSTONE , 1 RINGED PLOVER.and a SNIPE
Whilst I was away Eric had at South Efford Marsh - 1 FIRECREST,
3 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, GREENSHANK, REDSHANK, with WIGEON increasing to 30
WED 2 NOV
A 90 min viz mig watch produced 38 species. , including the first large WOOD PIGEON MOVEMENT WITH 4300 logged flying S/SE. also100 CHAFFINCH, 7 CHIFFY, 2 FIELDFARE, 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 3 JAY,30 GREENFINCH, 1 SISKIN, SINGLES OF GREEN & GREAT SPOTTED WOODY, 62 STARLING , 1 STOCK DOVE
A SHORT VISIT TO THE BAY - OFFSHORE 16 WIGEON, 5 TEAL, 1 DB BRENT GOOSE ( ON THE SEA THEN LATER FLEW EAST ) .
On the rocks -6 RINGED PLOVER, 6 TURNSTONE, 1 colour ringed WHEATEAR ( rt leg
Red white blue, left leg red , blue.) Anyone with info as to who might have been colour ringing these would be welcome .
On South Huish Marsh- 50 TEAL, 1 WIGEON, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 3 SNIPE, 1 DUNLIN., 3 REED BUNTING .
Alan ringed at the sewage works this morning 26 new birds- a very late REED WARBLER, 16 CHIFFY, 4 GOLDCREST, 1 WATER RAIL ( 5 on site ), also on site - 2 REDWING, 2 BULLFINCH, SPARROWHAWK with a CURLEW over .
Currently in Malta for a family celebration, back on the patch on Monday
TUES 1 NOV.
A cloudy and misty start to the day , which once again proved how rewarding local patch birding can be - An hours watch from my garden at 07.35 produced 33 species the highlight being a year tick - at 08.25 a WOODCOCK (193 ) flew down the valley., very few birds flying over - 20 CHAFFINCH, 5 SKYLARK, 1 SONG THRUSH, 4 JAY. In the bushes - 3 CHIFFY, 1 GOLDCREST .
Late morning John King saw from his garden a GREAT WHITE EGRET feeding in one of the channels on Thurlestone Marsh.
Offshore only 1 GANNET ( Nick also had 1 this pm ), 3 COMMON SCOTER and 9 db BRENT GOOSE flew east .
On the rocks were 4 RINGED PLOVER, 8 TURNSTONE and a PURPLE SANDPIPER, 1ad MED GULL , 1 KINGFISHER. 1 CURLEW in off .
On South Huish Marsh - 60 TEAL, 14 MALLARD, 1f WIGEON
2 CHIFFY, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 8 SNIPE, 20 GREENFINCH,
1 REDWING, 3 SONG THRUSH , 25 SKYLARK flew over
YELLOW BROWED WARBLER at South Milton Ley 19 Oct
Cyprus 15 - 22 May
Anne and I managed to get a late booking back to one of our favourite islands of Cyprus . Managed to hire a car for 3 days and visited a few of the main sites . Saw a total of 70 species inc 3 ticks - GULL BILLED TERN SPOTTED REDSHANK and OYSTERCATCHER. Will write up a full report during the week
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
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 !
WILLOW WARBLER and ACREDULA WARBLER
Not often in Devon that an opportunity arises to compare these 2 species .
ACREDULA is a sub specie of WILLOW breeding mostly in Scandanavia usually above 63o North , studies have confirmed that they winter in different habitats in Africa
Have received these photos from Roger and Helen of a bird ringed on the 11 August at South Milton Ley, whilst I missed this, I was fortunate to see one that Bob ringed a few years ago . You really do need to see them in the hand to appreciate them.
Photos below of the BEE-EATERS at Aymer Cove 30 MAY taken by Alan Doidge
Record shot of the GLOSSY IBIS taken at 16.00 Sat 27 Dec- Alan Doidge
Some cracking photos from Alan Doidge of the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and colour ringed ROCK PIPIT