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 

SOUTH MILTON LEY - 6 AUG 

IF YOU INTEND VISITING THE RESERVE IN THE NEAR FUTURE 

TAKE EXTRA CARE WHEN CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO ENTER THE BOARDWALK-ONE OF THE BEAMS HAS BECOME WEAK DUE TO NATURAL DECAY . WILL CONFIRM WHEN IT HAS BEEN REPAIRED.

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

2019 Monthly  Review 

SUN 8 SEPT 

The GREY PHALAROPE seems to have moved on . Richie reports this evening - 2 WHEATEAR , 21 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 20 DUNLIN , 10 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 LITTLE GREBE .

Visiting birders Report an OSPREY over South Efford Marsh .

Alan Ringed At South Milton Ley- 52 new birds inc- 6BLACKBIRD , 20 BLACKCAP, 5 CHIFFY, 1 GARDEN WARBLER , 1 REED WARBLER , 2 SEDGE WARBLER , 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 BULLFINCH 

TUES 3 SEPT 

An overcast morning with a F3/4 WSW Wind .

Andy Smith Reported the GREY PHALAROPE showing well at -7.15 . Also a GREENSHANK .

My Visit not until 11.15 - GREY PHALAROPE showed well to a number of visitors , also 15 DUNLIN , 16 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,

1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 KINFISHER . At 12.15 2 small birds flew over calling 1 was a LINNET the other was a year tick - a REDPOLL ( 183

Report from Richie - 19.00 - GREY PHALAROPE SHOWING WELL . also amongst The BLACK TAILED GODWIT A BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

5 YELLOW WAGTAIL and A SWIFT over 

Next up date will be Sun 16 Sept - off to Cyprus in the morning , 

will post any information received - setting up a new heading -

Cyprus Sept 2019 .

MON 2 SEP 

After an early shower a sunny morning .

An early morning textfrom Paul B a sighting of a GREY PHALAROPE

(182 ) still showing though elusive at12.00. Also 19 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 17 DUNLIN , 5 RINGED PLOVER , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 1 SHOVELER , 10 TEAL , 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 1 WHINCHAT , 1 SPRAWK .

On Yarmer Beach -35 DUNLIN, 18 RINGED PLOVER, 1 TURNSTONE 

GREY PHALAROPE still showing well at 17.45 - 18.30 also PEREGRINE &SPRAWK , 4 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 4 DUNLIN .

SUN 1 SEPT 

Started overcast , heavy shower mid morning, sunny thereafter .

Started the morning with a 45 min Garden Watch from 07.00 -

29 species logged inc - 3 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 JAY , 1 WHEATEAR, SONG THRUSH .

On Yarmer Beach - 70 DUNLIN , 50 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, 7 TURNSTONE, 15 ROCK PIPIT .

Around the Golf Course - 2 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT 

Offshore - 100 GANNET , 3 FULMAR , 5 MANX SHEARWATER, 

1 1W MED GULL , 5 KITTIWAKE, 1 RAZORMOT.

At South Huish Marsh - Rob & Steph Murphy and Roger B had a BAR TAILED GODWIT, 2 GREY WAGTAIL , 16 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 

1 BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL, 18 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 1 SNIPE, 

11 DUNLIN , 2 WHEATEAR , 5 TEAL, 2 SAND MARTIN 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 9 REDSHANK, 8 GREENSHANK, 

30 CURLEW, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, KINGFISHER, SHELDUCK .

A total of 79 species logged - good count for the new month.

SAT 31 AUG 

A cloudy morning with showers from 11.00  F5/6 WSW wind 

Seawatch from the flats from 08.15-10.30 - totals - 1200 GANNET 

( one feeding flock of 700+ ) , 290 MANX SHEARWATER, 

6 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 9 FULMAR , 6 KITTIWAKE, 1 1W MED GULL , 2 COMMON SCOTER .4 ARCTIC SKUA ( flew SE together at -9.25.

On South Huish Marsh - 1 WHIMBREL , 11 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

12 TEAL , 1 SHOVELER, 1 SAND MARTIN 

 

-FRI 30 AUG

Quiet morning , sunny periods F4 SWwind - finished with a patch life tick ! 

In the last week picked up some good birds in the private gardens in Church Lane in Thurlestone - it is a private’s road leading to the church car park and a footpath that takes you to the side of the Golf Course wher I had the Wryneck. At 11.00 picked up a Warbler skulking in some scrub it then flew up into a large tree- managed to view from 20 feet only briefly before lost in the garden - juv 

BARRED WARBLER ( 181) 

Earlier On South Huish Marsh only 11 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

15 TEAL , 1 SHOVELER . 

Waders on YARMER Beach - 45 DUNLIN, 30 Ringed Plover, 

3 TURNSTONE. 

Offshore 100+ GANNET , 1 FULMAR .

THURS 29 AUG 

A morning of sunny periods with a brisk F4WNW wind .

At 08.15 at South Huish Marsh the LITTLE STINT, JUV KNOT , 

13 DUNLIN , 11 BLACK TAILED GODWIT along with 8TEAL , 

1 SHOVELER, 1 WHEATEAR, 2 CHIFFY, 2 SAND MARTIN .

10.30 YARMER BEACH - 26 RINGED PLOVER, 16 DUNLIN , 

3 SANDERLING , 3 TURNSTONE .

Offshore from both sites totals were - 280 GANNET , 7 FULMAR ., 

105 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 SOOTY SHEARWATER ( flew SE together at 09.25 ) 1 dp ARCTIC SKUA ( NW At 11.05 ) 

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 30 new birds - 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 3 CHIFFY , 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 7 BLACKCAP, 1 REED WARBLER 

( also 1 UK control ) 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 PIED FLY , 1 BULLFINCH, 

1 TREE PIPIT, 1 GREAT SP WOODY . also on site 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 

2 YELLOW WAGTAIL , a fully grown juv WATER RAIL .

Eric reports no change at South Efford Marsh 

Evening update from Richie -  South Huish Marsh - LITTLE STINT , KNOT , 1 SNIPE , 1 REDSHANK , 13 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 14 YELLOW WAGTAIL.

WED 28 AUG 

Overcast morning with an F4/5 SW wind - rain from 13.00 

started with a 45. Min Garden Watch At 07.20 - Only 24 species logged , Best were 3 CHIFFY , 1 BLACKCAP , 1 JAY .

Waders on Yarmer Beach At 08.50 - 13 RINGED PLOVER , 6 DUNLIN , 1 TURNSTONE., 1 WHEATEAR , 1 RAVEN , only 4 STONECHAT .

Behind the Church very little - 2 juv CIRL BUNTING , 1 CHIFFY 

Early evening update - just received a call from Nick & Lesley who were at South Huish Marsh - the rain had dropped some waders in inc- 1LITTLE STINT ( 180 ) , 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 30 DUNLIN , 

13 BLACK TAILED GODWIT. On the beach a mixed flock of 20 

DUNLIN/RINGED PLOVER , 2 SANDERLING 

James K had 355 MANX SHEARWATER SE. in 20 mins atn15.30 during a rain shower, also an ARCTIC SKUA 

TUES 27 AUG 

An overcast morning after light rain early , showers also from 17.00 

A second record of WRYNECK - this was watched by a local resident on a wall in their garden at 11.50 - near to the gate which leads to the footbridge .

I Walked round the Golf Course starting at 08.30 - A WHINCHAT was in the same bush as yesterday’s Wryneck , 4 WHITETHROAT , 

1 LESSER WHITETHROAT ( a scarce bird on the patch ) 2 WHEATEAR , WILLOW WARBLER , CHIFFY , CIRL BUNTING , 1 TREE PIPIT 

Waders on Yarmer Beach - 35 RINGED PLOVER , 5 SANDERLING , 2 DUNLIN , 2 TURNSTONE, 1 REDSHANK ( flew over )

This afternoon Perry Reported from South Huish Marsh - 13 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 7 KNOT ( 179 ) 1 SNIPE , 1 SANDERLING, 3 DUNLIN.From 17.00- 18.30 Alan & I had the 13 GODWIT , 

2 KNOT flew through , 1 DUNLIN, 1 WHIMBREL , 12 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 7 TEAL , 1 SHOVELER , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 50 SWALLOW , 

8 SAND MARTIN.

At South Efford marsh Eric reports - 1 juv LAPWING , 3 DUNLIN , 8 RINGED PLOVER , 29 CURLEW, 5 GREENSHANK, 3 REDSHANK,

1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 7 TEAL , 2 YELLOW 

WAGTAIL , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL , 1 GROPPA .

An interesting day - another WRYNECK , 15 species of Waders 

recorded 

2 POOR & Cropped record shots of the WRYNECK 

MON 26 AUG 

Another sunny morning with a very light breeze - Walked half the Golf Course - Highlight was aWRYNECK ( 178 ) in a bush at the side of the course - take the lane at the side of the cemetery, through the gate , path takes you along side of the course - look for an

” out of bounds “ white sign - bush it is hiding in is 30 yards to the right , Also this morning 1 juv WHINCHAT , 14 WHEATEAR .

18 STONECHAT, 1 WHITETHROAT, 2 MIPIT. 1 GOLDCREST .

Waders on Yarmer Beach - 12 RINGED PLOVER , 1 TURNSTONE, 

1 SANDERLING, 1 DUNLIN , 1 WHIMBREL , 14 OYSTERCATCHER.

Offshore - 75 GANNET , 90 MANX SHEARWATER-SE 30 on sea . 

1BALEARIC SHEARWATER - SE .

At South Efford Marsh - Eric reports- 1 WHINCHAT, 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 27 CURLEW, 1 WHIMBREL, 4 GREENSHANK, 

in the village - 2 SPOT FLY .

On the new pool at South Milton Ley John Reports 7 TEAL this morning.

SUN 25 AUG 

A lovely sunny day once the early morning cloud dispersed.

A complete change this morning with a walk around the Golf Course starting by the Church At 07.45 . A total of 46 species logged with a year tick one of the first birds logged .Highlights - 

1 juv PIED FLYCATCHER (177) - just like buses Alan ringed one this morning !, 1 KESTREL , 2 PEREGRINE, 90 SWALLOW , 6 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 CHIFFY , 1 WHITETHROAT, 14 STONECHAT ( 12 juv ) 

35 LINNET , 2 WHEATEAR, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER 

( flew over calling ), Waders on Yarmer Beach - 11 OYSTERCATCHER,25 RINGED PLOVER , 5 TURNSTONE, 1 WHIMBREL, 

2 JUV MED GULL , . OFFSHORE - a large feeding flock of over 1000 

GULLS - 150 BLACK HEADED , 850 HERRING GULL , A FEW GREAT BB 

GULL , 3 LESSER B B GULL . Amongst a feeding flock of 70 GANNET

WERE 30 MANX SHEARWATER.

ALAN also ringed 35 new birds - 4 BLACKCAP, 10 CHIFFY, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER, 8 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 SPOTTED FLY ,

3 TREE PIPIT . Also on site 2 SPOT FLY, 2 GREY HERON , 1KINGFISHER 

 

 

SAT24 AUG 

A sunny morning with an F4 E wind . Seawatch from the car park with Richie  from 07.30-10.30-

275GANNET , 3 KITTIWAKE, 17 FULMAR , 140 MANX SHEARWATER,

1 SANDWICH TERN, 4 RINGED PLOVER, 1M YELLOW WAGTAIL-SE , 

4 PIED WAGTAIL - SE , 75 SWALLOW , 55 HOUSE MARTIN, 

3 SAND MARTIN , 

At 10.25 picked up a flock of 30 large mainly white waders flying NW about 4 miles off - in good light my conclusion was AVOCET .

At South Efford Marsh this morning Eric had23 CURLEW, 5 GREENSHANK, 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 F YELLOW WAGTAIL.

This evening Alan had 12 YELLOW WAGTAIL at South Huish Marsh .

FRI 23 AUG 

After early morning mist another sunny morning , light E breeze .

Brief look offshore at 08.30 - 100 GANNET , 6 FULMAR , 2 WHIMBREL, 1 JUV KITTIWAKE . By the footbridge a Juv REED BUNTING .

At South Huish Marsh - 6 RINGED PLOVER ( 5 juv ) , 1 DUNLIN , 

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 WHEATEAR, 4 TEAL , 1 SHOVELER,

2 CHIFFY , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 M YELLOW WAGTAIL.1 TREE PIPIT .

At 11.00 aHOBBY flew over .Passage of Hirundines- 100 SWALLOW , 

60 HOUSE MARTIN , 7 SAND MARTIN 

11.30 AT South Milton Ley - 2 GREY WAGTAIL , 2 RAVEN , 6 CHIFFY , 3 SPOT FLY , 35 SWALLOW 

THURS 22 AUG 

A morning of sunny periods with a SW F3 breeze .

Started with an hours Garden Watch from -7.20 - 27 species inc - 1 RAVEN , 6 CHIFFY, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 4 BLACKCAP, 

3 WHITETHROAT, 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 PEREGRINE. IN 10 MIN from 08.05 60 GANNET flew NW. .

90 min seawatch from Warren Pt - 145 GANNET , 10 FULMAR , 27 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 SAND MARTIN , 5 RINGED PLOVER .

Went Over to South Milton Ley to catch up with Alan - he Ringed 45 new birds inc- 4 CHIFFY, 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 10 REED WARBLER,

13 SEDGE WARBLER, 7 BLACKCAP, 2 WHITETHROAT . 

Whilst there I watched 5 SPOT FLY feeding along the hedgerow, 

1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 CETTIS WARBLER .

Ericat South Efford marsh this morning- 7GREENSHANK , 

12 RINGED PLOVER, 9 DUNLIN,1 WHIMBREL, CURLEW, 

12 LITTLE EGRET 

looks like the best time to see YELLOW WAGTAIL is early evening when they come in to roost , Alan had 6 this evening , BLACK TAILED GODWIT still there 

WED 21 AUG 

Another fine sunny morning with a light W breeze .

At -8.00 on South Huish Marsh - 14 juv / eclipse SHOVELER ( highest count this year , only previous Aug records were 2013 & 

2017 ) , 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 DUNLIN , 1 KINGFISHER , 60 CANADA GOOSE . Amongst a movement of passarines - 7 STONECHAT , 1 WHINCHAT ( 176 ) , 6 CHIFFY . 50 SWALLOW , 30 

HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SWIFT + 18 over at 15.00

Most interesting sighting this morning was by James K , watching from Hope Cove At 08.45 & 09.20 he picked up a MINKE WHALE about 5 miles off - have no recollection of any previous sightings .

Eric back on South Efford Marsh this evening - 27RINGED PLOVER , 

17 DUNLIN,7 GREENSHANK, 2 REDSHANK,30 CURLEW, 5 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 JUV TEAL .

TUES 20 AUG 

Fine sunny morning with a light W breeze .

Off Warren Pt from 09.00- 11.00 - 500 + GANNET mostly in feeding flocks , 4 FULMAR , 1 JUV KITTIWAKE, 1JUV YELLOW L.GULL ,

1 MANX SHEARWATER , 6 DOLPHIN , on Yarmer Beach a flock of waders contained - 32 RINGED PLOVER , 4 DUNLIN , 2 TURNSTONE,

1 SANDERLING , al so 20 OYSTERCATCHER. 1 SPRAWK .

At South Efford Marsh the OSPREY seen at 09.30 & 11.45 ( sat in a tree ) , also - 7 WILLOW WARBLER , 12 GREENSHANK, 9 REDSHANK,

8 RINGED PLOVER , 23 CURLEW , 3 DUNLIN , 1 KINGFISHER. Reports from Dave P & Lesley G 

Alan ringed 102 new birds At South Milton Ley this morning inc -

7 CHIFFY, 13 WILLOW WARBLER, 11 REED WARBLER, 43 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 GROPPA, 1 WHITETHROAT, 2 TREE PIPIT , 2 BULLFINCH , 3 GREAT SP WOODY 

Early evening at South Huish Marsh Alan Reports -

1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1F YELLOW WAGTAIL and a WHITE WAGTAIL 

 

Alan’s photos of the WOOD SANDPIPER with WHIMBREL 

MON 19 AUG 

Sunny morning after early showers, brisk F5/6 W wind .

Garden Watch from 07.20-08.00 - 26 species inc - 2 BLACKCAP, 

2 WHITETHROAT, 3 CHIFFY , 1 HERON , 3 SWALLOW , although only a very small view of the sea did manage to pick up some GANNET and a surprise of 4 MANX SHEARWATER flying SE .

Seawatch fro 08.45-10.15 from car park - 330 GANNET (mostly flew NW ) , 13 FULMAR, 1 KITTIWAKE , 1 RAZORMOT ( First this month ) ,

10 RINGED PLOVER - NW . On the rocks 20 OYSTERCATCHER .

On South Huish Marsh from 10.30 - 1 juv WOOD SANDPIPER ( still showing well at 15.30 ) , 3 DUNLIN, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 juv WHEATEAR , 2 juv STONECHAT, 3 CHIFFY .

At South Efford Marsh Rod Bone watched an OSPREY catch a fish , hopefully will stay for a few days 

No sign this evening but Richie reports - 18 RINGED PLOVER, 9 DUNLIN, 19 CURLEW, 2 REDSHANK, 3 GREENSHANK, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, ,1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,

1 KINGFISHER 

Alan had the WOOD SANDPIPER AND 3 WHIMBREL early evening on the Marsh .

FRI 28 JUNE 

Record shot of this mornings MARSH HARRIER taken by Richie Moore 

Record shots today of BLACK W STILT, BLACK KITE , WHITE STORK 

For a full frame image press on the photo 

SPOT FLY , LITTLE EGRET,  SHELDUCK 

SANDERLING & BAR T GODWIT - YARMER BEACH - RICHIE MOORE 

FANTASTIC PHOTO FROM RICHIE MOORE OF A M KENTISH PLOVER 

ONLY THE SECOND RECORD IN LAST 20 YEARS !

RECORD SHOT OF AVOCET and SANDERLING 

RUFF IN PARTIAL SUMMER PLUMAGE taken by Richie 

BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL& SPOT FLY 

WADERS ON THE BEACH 7 MAY - WHIMBREL, SANDERLING , DUNLIN , BAR TAILED GODWIT 

FOR A CLEARER IMAGE PRESS ON THE PHOTO 

Stunning photo of a WHITETHROAT taken by Steph Murphy 

PHOTOS FROM Alan & Richie of WHIMBREL& BLACK TAILED GODWIT  & DUNLIN RINGED PLOVER,LITTLE RINGED PLOVER 

WHEATEAR, AVOCET , RUFF - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 1/2 APRIL 

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 

 

SIB CHIFFY ringed 11Jan At South Milton Ley AlanPomroy 

Record shots of RED RUMPED SWALLOW at Torpoint 12 Dec 

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 

A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER 

PHOTOS OF CATTLE EGRET 28 AUG

OSPREY Aveton Gifford  16 Aug. by Alan Doidge 

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 

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 

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

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