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 

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2019 Monthly  Review 

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MESSAGE FOR COLIN MILLS - PLEASE CONTACT MIKE LOCK ABOUT A PAPER YOU WROTE FOR DEVON BIRDS - has tried to email you but no response - 20 May 

MON 20 MAY 

Sunny morning with a light breeze - Nothing Offshore or on the Marsh , Spent a pleasant 2 hours walking around the West Buckland Valley -25 species logged inc - Both GREAT SP & GREEN WOODY ,

2 MISTLE THRUSH, 8 CHIFFY , 5 BLACKCAP , a GOLDCREST ( carrying food ) , 20 House Martin ( nests being built at 3 sites ) 

2 SWALLOW , 3 SWIFT .

SUN 19 MAY 

Overcast morning with a light N wind .

On the beaches at 07.30-09.00 (thanks Richie)-9 WHIMBREL, 

4 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 25 OYSTERCATCHER, 

On South Huish Marsh - 1 1s MED GULL , 3 SHOVELER, 

1 GREENSHANK, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 STARLING ( 1 juv )

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1REDSHANK , 1 CURLEW, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT. SPOT FLY in the village 

SANDERLING & BAR T GODWIT - YARMER BEACH - RICHIE MOORE 

SAT 18 MAY 

A cloudy morning , calm conditions .

Richie covered the beaches early - 11 WHIMBREL, 5 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 7 DUNLIN , 1 SANDERLING .On the rocks - 22 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL .

Over the Marsh - 3 SWIFT , 2 SAND MARTIN , Late afternoon- 

4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 

By the Footbridge - 3 REED BUNTING , 2 REED WARBLER , WHITETHROAT.

Alan Ringing At South Milton Ley this morning - 19 new birds also 17 retraps - New- 8 REED WARBLER , 3 SEDGE WARBLER , 2 JUV CHIFFY , 1 BLACKCAP, M CETTIS WARBLER.

FRI 17 MAY 

A day ou around Dartmoor with Alan & Eric

Emsworth Mire - CUCKOO , GARDEN WARBLER , WILLOW WARBLER,

BLACKCAP .

Yarner Wood - PIED FLYCATCHER, TREE PIPIT , GREY WAGTAIL , GREAT SP WOODY, TREE CREEPER, NUTHATCH , STONECHAT 

Challacombe Farm area - WHEATEAR, MARSH TIT , GREY WAGTAIL, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, REDSTART , WHINCHAT .

THURS 16 MAY 

VISITED all 3 beaches from -8.15- 11.30 Joined by Eric , Lesley And Bob - no sign of the Kentish Plover.

On South Huish Marsh 1m 2F SHOVELER , 2 SWIFT.

Bob had 10 COMMON SCOTER fly SE 

Early evening Richie had at South Huish Marsh a F YELLOW WAGTAIL

 

EARLY MORNING UPDATE - Arrived At South Milton Sands At 05.00

no Waders on the beach , 4DUNLIN flew through .

Joined by Paul B and Dave P - On Leasfoot Beach 22 SANDERLING , 1 DUNLIN , 1 WHIMBREL. On Yarmer Beach 6 SANDERLING , 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 3 WHIMBREL 

Looks as though the Kentish Plover has been a one evening stay .

As the tide goes out will be looking on the rocks - further update later 

FANTASTIC PHOTO FROM RICHIE MOORE OF A M KENTISH PLOVER 

ONLY THE SECOND RECORD IN LAST 20 YEARS !

WED 15 MAY

LATE NEWS- RICHIE THIS EVENING HAD 5 GREY PLOVER AND A KENTISH PLOVER (168) ON THE BEACH - only the second record in the last 20 years ! 

A sunny morning with high cloud , still an E F5 wind .

Waders to the fore this morning - On the rocks / beaches a total of 57 SANDERLING ( largest flock this year ), 1 RINGED PLOVER ,

8 OYSTERCATCHER , At 11.20 a nice summer plumage GREY PLOVER flew onto the rocks - superb bird when compared to its winter plumage .3BAR TAILED GODWIT and a WHIMBREL -in off straight up the valley.

Offshore an impressive passage of 42 KITTIWAKE, also- 26 GANNET , 20 RAZORMOT, 5 BLACK H GULL , 4 1S COMMON GULL , 4 SWIFT 

On South Huish Marsh - 3 DUNLIN , 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT 

Visitors from York had a RED KITE over South Milton this morning , also WHIMBREL at Bantham ( sorry for not replying to your mail - it got lost !) 

TUES 14 MAY 

ERIC had a HONEY BUZZARD (167) fly up the valley at Aveton Gifford at 13.40 - could be worth keeping an eye open for any Corvid /Gull alarm calls 

Another sunny day with a strong F6/7 E Wind .

Waders on the beaches at 07.45 -6WHIMBREL , 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 2 RINGED PLOVER , 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 CURLEW .

Little Offshore- 10 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 4 KITTIWAKE, 2 RAZORMOT,. On the coast path 1ad 3 JUV STONECHAT.

Brief Visit to South Huish Marsh - 1m SHOVELER, amongst the 

SWALLOW & HOUSE MARTIN 1 SAND MARTIN .

At Huxton Cross - 2 YELLOWHAMMER.

Spent 90 mins along the road from Hatch Bridge to Aveton Gifford , logged 36 species inc - 5BLACKCAP , 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 4 CHIFFY , WHITETHROAT, SEDGE WARBLER, GREAT SP WOODY , 6 SAND MARTIN , SWALLOW , HOUSE MARTIN, 6 SWIFT , LITTLE EGRET,

BUZZARD .

RECORD SHOT OF AVOCET and SANDERLING 

MON 13 MAY 

Sunny morning , cloudless skies , E 5/6 wind 

Waders on the beaches at 08.00- 31 SANDERLING, 1 DUNLIN , 

1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 1 WHIMBREL , 9 OYSTERCATCHER., 

1 RINGED PLOVER.

Offshore - 40 GANNET , 7 FULMAR ,6 MANX S’WATER, 4 KITTIWAKE,

1 SANDWICH TERN, 46 RAZORMOT, 2 SWIFT 

A surprise to find an AVOCET feeding on South Huish Marsh ( only the second May record ), 1 SWIFT .

At Huxton Cross 2 RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE 

SUN 12 MAY 

A sunny morning with a brisk ESE F3/4 WIND .

Richie covered the beaches before I arrived - Waders were - 12WHIMBREL , 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT., also 3 WHITETHROAT 

BAY watched from 08.00- -9.15 - 22GANNET,15 KITTIWAKE, 

66 MANX S’WATER- NW, 4 FULMAR , 2 SANDWICH TERN, 26 RAZORMOT, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 5SWIFT ( in off ), 6 SWALLOW, 

5 HOUSE MARTIN , 

By the footbridge 4 juv STONECHAT.

AT South Huish Marsh - 1 DUNLIN , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 GROPPA ( heard ) . In the Copse a SPOTTED FLY 

Late News for last night Richie had a flock of 60+ BLACK HEADED GULL FLY NW early evening 

 

SAT 11 MAY 

A sunny morning with a light N breeze . With only a limited amount of time decided to spend 2 hours from 08.00 walking around South Milton Ley - 31 species recorded- 1 juv GREY WAGTAIL, RAVEN , 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 6 CHIFFY, 5 BLACKCAP, 2 CETTIS WARBLER , 15+SEDGRE WARBLER , 10+ REED WARBLER, 1 GROPPA , 1 REED BUNTING .

With WHITETHROAT by the footbridge a total of 8 species of Warbler on the patch .

Eric reports from South Huish Marsh the M RUFF and a DUNLIN 

RUFF IN PARTIAL SUMMER PLUMAGE taken by Richie 

BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL& SPOT FLY 

BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

HERRING GULL ( nesting ) 

FRI 10 MAY 

A nice sunny morning with a light S breeze - quietest morning for ages .

Only 1 WHIMBREL on the beaches , a 1 hour Seawatch from 08.00 at Warren Pt only produced - 2 GANNET , 9 FULMAR , 4 SHELDUCK ( 

flew SE about 2 miles offshore )

On South Huish Marsh the summer plumage RUFF showed very well , 5 WHIMBREL, also 1 on the rocks .

On South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 14 SHELDUCK, 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 2 WHIMBREL , 1 CURLEW 

It appears the ad Male RUFF in breeding plumage is scarce in Devon Late evening news - SPOTTED FLY SEEN BY RICHIE at South Milton Ley 

A BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL FOUND BY ALAN ON South Huish Marsh 

THURS 9 MAY 

Cloudy morning with a few light showers - feeling cold in a brisk F4/5WNW wind 

Seawatch from 07.40- 09.40- poor , Only 52GANNET , 1 FULMAR , 

1 KITTIWAKE, 1 MANX SHEARWATER.

Waders On the beach - 10DUNLIN, 3 SANDERLING , , ON South Huish Marsh -10WHIMBREL , 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 1 DUNLIN , also 6 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWIFT .

At Aveton Gifford this afternoon Eric Reported a HOBBY .

Late evening news from Alan -on South Huish Marsh a nice summer plumage RUFF .

 

Late News for Wed - On South Milton Beach in the evening a flock of around 25 SANDERLING & DUNLIN 

WED 8 MAY 

Heavy showers o/night , cloudy until 10.00 then some sunny periods , wind SW6/7 .

At 07.30 only waders on Leasfoot Beach - 8 WHIMBREL .

Seawatch from car park 07.40- 12.10 - really good with 3 species of SKUA and 2 of SHEARWATER - totals - 

140 - GANNET , 20- FULMAR , 31 MANX SHEARWATER, 2 BALEARIC SHEARWATER (164-) flew SE at 10.21 & 10.23 . 3 KITTIWAKE, 

10 BLACK H GULL , 2 MED GULL - 1 AD , 1 FS , 18 SANDWICH TERN, 

1 COMMON TERN , 17 RAZORMOT, 10 RAZORBILL, 2 GUILLEMOT , 

1 PUFFIN - SE at 09.27 . At 09.15 picked up a GREAT C GREBE flying across the Bay ( First May Record ) .

SKUAS  provided the main interest - 5 BONXIE - SE , 1 DP ARCTIC

SKUA - SEat 11.23 , 3 POMARINE SKUA ( 165 ) - 2 together at 09.40 and an ad with spoons at 09.46

 

On South Huish Marsh - 6 WHIMBREL 

 

TUES 7 MAY 

A morning which started with some sunny periods and gradually cloud increased . A SE/S F4 breeze 

Seawatch from 07.30-09.30 and 10.45- 12.15 -poor totals - 27 GANNET, 6 FULMAR, 2 KITTIWAKE, 21 RAZORMOT, 4 WHIMBREL, 

12 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 3 SANDWICH TERN, 6 WHITETHROAT, 6 SWALLOW , 6 SAND MARTIN , 1 SWIFT .

A GARDEN WARBLER IN THE garden of the Thatched Barn . At 17.30 

Richie reports 21 WHIMBREL on South Huish Marsh .

Waders On Leasfoot Beach 09.30 - 6BAR TAILED GODWIT,

 

12 DUNLIN, 5 SANDERLING , 2 WHIMBREL , 1 RINGED PLOVER.

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

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MON 6 MAY 

A sunny morning , very light breeze , still feeling cold .

A 90 min seawatch with Richie from 07.30 only produced 

5GANNET , 26 COMMON SCOTER-SE , 4 WHIMBREL, 3 DUNLIN -NW , 

1 WHITETHROAT . 

 On South Huish Marsh - 26 WHIMBREL AND A BAR TAILED GODWIT 

briefly at 10.30 before flying up the valley, 3 DUNLIN , 2 BARNACLE GOOSE , 

Visiting birder Brian Lee from South Yorkshire had a singing LESSER WHITETHROAT ( in the corner of the car park at 08.00 ) (161 ) ,at

16.00 waders Flying onto the Marsh - 8 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 5 DUNLIN , PEREGRINE over earlier 

Eric reports from his Marsh a singing GARDEN WARBLER ( 162 )

and a SPRAWK .Late afternoon a SPOTTED FLY behind his garden (163) 

Still only a few SWALLOW AND SAND MARTIN .

SUN 5 MAY 

Arrived home at 06.00 so a late start this morning .

On South Huish Marsh - 4 DUNLIN ,1 WHIMBREL, SHELDUCK , 4 TEAL , 2 BARNACLE GOOSE..

Along the lanes Bob reports - JAY , BULLFINCH , LONG T TIT .

ERIC reports ver quiet over at South Efford Marsh - Best were 

MISTLE THRUSH, NUTHATCH , GREAT SP WOODY 

 

THURS 3 MAY 

Reports rec’d of species on the Marsh - 10 WHIMBREL, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 4 BAR TAILED GODWIT . A COMMON SANDPIPER 

feeding on the seaweed on the beach 

WED 1 MAY - News received of BLACK TAILED GODWIT , BAR TAILED GODWIT , BARNACLE GOOSE , F WHEATEAR , WHIMBREL .

8 SWIFT in the evening were new arrivals 

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 

BARNACLE GOOSE on South Huish Marsh 26 Feb 

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 

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 

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 

GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR 

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

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