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 JUNE review in the section headed 

2021 monthly review 

ROSS'S GULL -9 MAR 2020

News this morning ( 12/3 ) the adult bird found on the Marsh on Monday has been located on the Plymouth Estuary giving more Devon birders of seeing this stunning bird .

Both the weekly reviews from Bird Guides & Rare Bird Alert picked it out as the outstanding bird of the week- with supporting photos from Richie Moore and myself .In The Birds of Devon it is described as accidental with only 5 previous records - the last was a 1 summer on the Exe Estuary in May / June 2014.
A very nice addition to the South Huish Marsh ( and the local patch )

species list . This site still keeps turning up some B B  Rarities , 

it is also the 16th specie of Gull that I have recorded on the Marsh 

or offshore .

FRI 23 JULY 

Complete change in the weather- cooler , cloudy and a F5/6 ENE wind .

Reort from South Efford Marsh - 2 GREENSHANK , 8 CURLEW, 

1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 juv STONECHAT, 1 juv GREY WAGTAIL 

THURS 22 JULY 

Aveton Gifford report - GREENSHANK, COMMON SANDPIPER, 

KINGFISHER.

South MiltonLey - Alan ringed40 new birds inc - 11 CHIFFY, 

8 BLACKCAP, 6 REED WARBLER, 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 BULLFINCH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY .

WED 21 JULY 

Too hot for birdwatching and too many people .

only reports received- 2 BARN OWL calling near the sewage works 

also a COMMON SANDPIPER At Aveton Gifford 

SAT 17 JULY 

Report from Aveton Gifford- 2 HOBBY , NUTHATCH , 3 JUV SISKIN 

MON 12 JULY 

Visited the Marsh on Sat morning - so little about there were no entires in my log ! This morning was slightly better with cloudy conditions, light showers and a F2/3 NW breeze .

An hours watch offshore from 08.50 only produced 6 GANNET , 

10 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 20 CORMORANT, 4 GREAT B B GULL .

On South Huish Marsh - 1 MUTE SWAN with 4 cygnets, 3 families of MALLARD with 11 ducklings, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 COOT , 1 HERON , 2 STARLING , 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWIFT , at least 15 young PIED WAGTAIL 

On the rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

19 BLACK H GULL .

With a period of summer type weather the visitor numbers will be much higher, my visits will not be increasing ,.

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My apologies to those of you who follow the blog expecting daily reports - I am spending more of my time on Moths which at present are very good .

FRI 9 JULY 

The build up of SWIFT over the fields at Thurlestone continues - 

at 11.45 this morning more than 140 in 2 flocks , later this afternoon another 25 flew S over Thurlestone Marsh .

THURS 8 JULY 

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 44 new birds- 8 BLACKCAP, 

11 CHIFFY, 5 REED WARBLER, 8 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 SONG THRUSH.

Overthe sewage works - 20 SWIFT , 20 SWALLOW .

Over field near my garden at 12.30 40 SWIFT . IN the garden a 

GREEN WOODY 

TUES 6 JULY 

With no moth traps to empty due to the rain and strong winds took the opportunity to Seawatch from Bob's car park from 07.00- 09.30

WNW F6/7 wind , showers and bright periods .

On the rocks - 25 BLACK H GULL , 24 OYSTERCATCHER.

Offshore - 63 GANNET - mostly SE , 12 MANX SHEARWATER-SE , 

1 FULMAR-NW , 1 KITTIWAKE-SE, 3 SANDWICH TERN-NW .

1 DP ARCTIC SKUA- SE @ 08.10 , 1 BONXIE - NW @ -8.55 

MON 5 JULY 

Records from my garden - 12 SWIFT, 1 SPRAWK, 1 GREEN WOODY, 

BLACKCAP, SEDGE WARBLER.

SUN 4 JULY 

A wet morning with heavy showers and a brisk F4 SW wind .

Easier to negotiate the lanes and park with the adverse weather, 

08.45 - 10.45 - BAY / MARSH 

Offshore - 7 GANNET, 1 FULMAR, 18 MANX SHEARWATER, 

on the rocks - 33 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 5 BLACK H GULL , 1 2S MED GULL 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 JUV WHEATEAR, 

1 GUILLEMOT .

On / over the Marsh - 20 MALLARD , COOT, MOORHEN , HERON ,

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( orange /Sandy head and neck- a juv ) 

1 RAVEN, 2 SKYLARK, LINNET, 3 SWALLOW, 10 HIUSE MARTIN , 

2 SAND MARTIN .

Some unexpected gales on Mon night / Tues morning could be interesting 

THURS 2 JULY 

An overcast day , slow start to the month caused by sone record moth catches in recent days .

Around my garden - CIRL BUNTING, BULL FINCH., BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, GREAT SP WOODY , GREENFINCH , BUZZARD , KESTREL, 

25 SWIFT , SWALLOWS , JAY..

Report of a juv WHEATEAR on the rocks .

At an Aveton Gifford garden - NUTHATCH , COAL TIT, GREAT SP WOODY 

MON 28 JUNE 

Whilst dealing with the moth traps a movement of SWIFT - 41 flew East in 15 mins at 12.30 , another 6 East at 15.30 .

Also seen - 1SONG THRUSH, CHIFFY , GREENFINCH , BLACKCAP , 2 BUZZARD 

SUN 27 JUNE 

 An awful day for birdwatching- heavy rain with a NE F6 wind .

managed to get out from 08.45- 10.30 . , only birds offshore were

21 GANNET & 15 CORMORANT .

On South Huish Marsh- 25 MALLARD( 1 f with 8 ducklings ) 

2 MUTE SWAN with 4 cygnets, 2 SHELDUCK , 1 COOT, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON , 8 SWALLOW, 2 SAND MARTIN , 20 HOUSE MARTIN 

Yesterday Eric reported at S Efford Marsh - 1 REDSHANK , 

1 KINGFISHER 

 

WED 23 JUNE 

A nice sunny morning just perfect for a walk through the West Buckland Valley , although only 23 species recorded a noticeable decrease in some of the breeding species .

1 SONG THRUSH, 4 BLACKBIRD, 8 CHIFFY, 3 BLACKCAP, 4 ROBIN ,6 WREN , 3 CHAFFINCH, 2 JAY, 5 MAGPIE, 2 KESTREL, 3 BUZZARD, 3 SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SWIFT, 4 GOLDFINCH,3 HOUSE SPARROW, 1 GREAT TIT, 1 DUNNOCK 

Alan managed a ringing session this morning at South Milton Ley-

47 birds trapped 36 new - 20 CHIFFY ( all juv's ) , 2 REED WARBLER, 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 4 BLACKCAP 

TUES 22 JUNE 

After yesterday's deluge a morning of sunny periods with a brisk ENE F5 wind 

Very few birds around - Offshore - 3 GANNET, 1 FULMAR , 

3 CORMORANT, 3 GBBG GULL, 35 HERRING GULL

On the beach 1 OYSTERCATCHER, coast path 2 WHITE THROAT ,

On South Huish Marsh - 5 SHELDUCK, 4 CANADA GOOSE, 2 MUTE SWAN, 29 MALLARD, 3 MOORHEN , 1 COOT, 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 

4 SWALLOW, 2 BUZZARD 

SAT 19 JUNE

Just as the rain started at 19.00 a flock of 40+ SWIFT flew over my garden SE- the local flock is only around 6 birds .

2 BULLFINCH flew over 

THURS 17 JUNE 

Concern has been expressed about the lack of posts this week - 

main reason are the Moths , another record trap last night taking at least 3 hours to empty the pots , log and photograph the more unusual.- all the info on the latest moths & moth photo pages .

Today a family of 4 MISTLE THRUSH at Aveton Gifford where the BLACK SWAN and 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE still around . 
Report of a RED L PARTRIDGE on the patch this morning.

 

TUES 15 JUNE 

A report from Aveton Gifford of 3 RED KITE this morning - found 1 of them drifting over the car park - at last 1 in Devon this year 

W/END 12/13 JUNE 

Reports from - Hope - 1 SANDWICH TERN 

Aveton Gifford - SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (  179     ) 2 EGYPTION GOOSE 

FRI 11 JUNE 

Started cloudy with a light W breeze until 10.00 when the fog and drizzle moved in for the 3rd day . Only managed a Seawatch from

08.45 - 10.00 - 19 GANNET, 2 FULMAR, 31 MANX SHEARWATER, 

on the rocks 9 OYSTERCATCHER.

THURS 10 JUNE 

Atrocious day for June - thick mist/ fog with drizzle all day .

only report received was of 2 SANDERLING on the beach .

plenty of activity around my garden this morning with BLACKCAP , 

CHIFFY , SEDGE WARBLER, SONG THRUSH , BLACKBIRD, GREAT TIT, 

BLUE TIT , LONG T TIT , CIRL BUNTING, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, 

 

TUES 8 JUNE 

A lovely sunny morning, light breeze- very quiet bird wise .

Walked from Golf Club car park to South Huish Marsh .

Offshore / rocks - 2 GANNET -SE, 2 RAZORMOT- on sea , 10 CORMORANT, 1 OYSTERCATCHER. , 1 LESSER B B GULL. 

South Huish Marsh / Coast Path - 

2 SHELDUCK, 36 MALLARD , 2 MUTE SWAN , 4 CANADA GOOSE - all the young still surviving , 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 8 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW, 2 SWIFT, REED & SEDGE WARBLER, 4 STONECHAT, 7 GOLDFINCH, 5 WREN , 5 BLACKBIRD , 3 PIED WAGTAIL , 2 LINNET , 4 MOORHEN , 1 COOT

 

MON 7 JUNE 

No local news to report - day visit to Ham Wall - my first visit outside of Devon this year 

Had very good views of a RIVER WARBLER - a lifer for me , thankfully it returned to a particular singing perch . Also nice to see 

4 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 1 BITTERN , 4 M 2 F MARSH HARRIER.

Back on the patch tomorrow.

FRI 4 JUNE 

A sunny and calm morning - walk from Golf Club car park over to South Huish Marsh at 08.10 

In my garden a feeding GREEN WOODY .

Offshore - 1 BLACK H GULL , 1 GREAT N DIVER IN S/P on the sea at 08.55 - just by the rock , 5 OYSTERCATCHER -on rocks .

On South Huish Marsh - 2 SHELDUCK ( still 3 young ) , 18 MALLARD, 

3 COOT, 2 MUTE SWAN now with 4 cygnets, 1 HERON , 12 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW, 2 SWIFT, 4 AD 12 JUV STARLING , 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER, 5 WHITETHROAT, 1 SKYLARK.

At South Efford Marsh - 1 RED KITE ( drifting down the valley ) , 

1 GARDEN WARBLER 

THURS 3 JUNE 

 Another visit to the Hatch Bridge area looking for the elusive 

SPOT FLY - still none reported on the patch - very concerning ., all the local breeding sites visited around Aveton Gifford.

2 DIPPER, 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 3 BLACLCAP, 3 CHIFFY, 20 SAND MARTIN , 2 JAY, 5 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 BUZZARD , 

GREEN & GREAT SP WOODY , LONG T TIT .

TUES 1 JUNE 

Splendid warm weather continues- did venture over to the Marsh this morning , car park overflowing by 11.00 

Offshore - 10 GANNET, 6 FULMAR , 75 MANX SHEARWATER.

On /over South Huish Marsh -2 SHELDUCK ( still 3 ducklings ) 

2 MUTE SWAN ( still 3 cygnets ) , 3 COOT, HERON, REED WARBLER, SEDGE WARBLER , RAVEN , BUZZARD, STOCK DOVE 

 Coast Path - STONECHAT, WHITETHROAT, 

Aveton Gifford - COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, TREE CREEPER, MISTLE THRUSH, SPRAWK 

55 species logged , 1000's of visitors and 300 + cars in the car parks !

MON 31 MAY 

With all the car parks full and beaches crowded have kept away from my local ares this w/end .

only report  received were of RED KITE at Churchstow and over Aveton Gifford 

SAT 29 MAY 

 Sunny and feeling warm !

Nick had a garden tick this morning. A RED KITE flew over .

Trip to Exminster Marshes this morning - had reasonably good scope views although distant of the summer plumaged 

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER- a lifer for me .. Also HOBBY , LAPWING 

CURLEW ,BLACK TAILED GODWIT.

If visiting Exminster Marsh a new catering facility available -THE 

HOPE COFFEE VAN - opening Wed to Sun.( and Bank Holidays ) 

John Crosbie deserves some support .

 

 

 

 

FRI 28 MAY 

A return to cloudy conditions today with a light SE breeze .

08.30- 10.30 -Offshore - 6 GANNET , 10 FULMAR , 13 MANX SHEARWATER, 70 + COMMON SCOTER - NW ( flocks of 50 & 20-

my largest total this year ) 

Beach/rocks - 6 DUNLIN , 10 0YSTERCATCHER , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

1 KESTREL .

On South Huish Marsh - 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 SHELDUCK, 

20 SWIFT, 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 10 SWALLOW 

'The late spring movement of RED KITE were late this year - several reports from nearby sites - late evening a report of 2 ( 178 ) over the road between South Milton village and South Milton Ley 

THURS 27 MAY 

A pleasant sunny morning just perfect for a walk along the River at Hatch Bridge- river level still high and fast flowing . 25 species recorded - 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 DIPPER , 3 SWALLOW , 8 SAND MARTIN , 2 SONG THRUSH, 3 LONG T TIT, 1 COAL TIT , 3 CHIFFY, 5 BLACKCAP 

Still cannot find any patch SPOT FLY .

Report from Aveton Gifford - 1 HOBBY 

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 22 birds - amongst the new were 1REED WARBLER , 3 BLACKCAP . SPRAWK on site .

Amongst the retraps 2 interesting REED WARBLER both ringed on site as Juv's on 7 Aug 2010, other 9 Aug 2014 . The age record for these is 12 years 11 months 21 days .

Report of a walk to Hope along the coast path - 2 WHITETHROAT, 

2 RAVEN , 1 FULMAR 

WED 26 MAY 

At long last a dry day, cloudy this morning with a F3 W breeze 

08.15- 10.30 WARREN POINT 

Along the coast path 2 WHITETHROAT, on the Golf Course 2 SKYLARK .

On rocks 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE S/P .

Offshore - just 10 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 1 GREAT N DIVER - NW @ 09.35 .

Report from Aveton Gifford- 1 ad ICELAND GULL, KINGFISHER, GREEN WOODPECKER 

TUES 25 MAY 

Although cloudy it was dry - decided to carry out one of my Spring survey walks along the West Buckland valley starting from Grove Corner at 08.20 finishing at 11.30 - I recorded a total of 30 species , highlights were - 

5 SONG THRUSH, 14 BLACKBIRD , 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 7 BLACKCAP, 

9 CHIFFY, 1 WHITETHROAT, 4 DUNNOCK, 5 GREAT TIT, 7 BLUE TIT, 6 LONG T TIT, 12 CHAFFINCH, 10 GOLDFINCH , 1 GREENFINCH, 

1 BULLFINCH , 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 17 SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN 

3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 5 JAY, 1 TREE CREEPER, 

2 BUZZARD , 2 MALLARD , 1 MOORHEN 5 WREN 8 ROBIN .

Could not find a SPOT FLY , HOUSE MARTIN numbers very low - no attempts at nesting , in previous years at least 3 sites .

Report received from a resident of a CUCKOO calling near Aveton Gifford last Saturday .

 

MON 24 MAY 

After a bright start the clouds and heavy showers soon set in , wind 

WNW F4 increasing 6/7 

08.15- 10.30 Seawatch -

GANNET - 66 -SE , 13 -NW, 4 FULMAR, 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 

19 KITTIWAKE, 1 ARCTIC SKUA DP SE @ -9.10 , 10 RAZORMOT-SE 

On South Huish Marsh- 2 SHELDUCK ( 3 young), 2MUTE SWAN ( 3 cygnets ) 

Hope Report - HOBBY over Bolt Tail , 145 MANX SHEARWATER - NW between 16.00- 17.00 

SUN 23 MAY 

 Another cloudy start with rain later , SSW F5 increasing gale 8 

Seawatch 08.00-08.45 

GANNET - 11 NW, 3 SE, 18 MANX SHEARWATER- NW , 4 RAZORMOT, 

1 GREAT N DIVER .

At 08.45 picked up a bird in trouble near the rocks - it succumbed 

, floated on to the beach . Managed to get there before any of the local gulls . After a lot of deliberation during the day decided it was a juv STOCK DOVE 

 

On South Huish Marsh the pair of MUTE SWAN have 3 cygnets , second successive year they have produced young  on the Marsh 

SAT 22 MAY 

Reports received today - 

Yarmer Beach- 5 SANDERLING .

Hope - 70 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 KITTIWAKE 

South Huish Marsh- HOBBY 

FRI 21 MAY 

A stormy morning although little rain - wind SW F9/10 resulting in very rough seas - probably the highest daytime winds of the year .

Seawatch from 08.15- 10.30 -only birds which flew above the waves could be picked out , watching the GANNET making progress south east was wonderful , no wing beats just shearing .

GANNET - 48 SE, 12 NW , 10 FULMAR , 20 MANX SHEARWATER-NW , 

1 SOOTY SHEARWATER -SE @08.27 ( 177 ) - close in giving good views , 3 KITTIWAKE-SE, 1 SANDWICH TERN , 5 RAZORMOT-SE , 

2 COMMON SCOTER -SE .

On the rocks - 8 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 TURNSTONE, 1 WHIMBREL

South Huish Marsh- yesterday a report of 2 WHEATEAR .

Information just received of a HOOPOE at a farm near the Ley on 

29 April 

THURS 20 MAY 

Very unseasonal,weather - Showers then rain , Gale 8+ SSW 

Seawatch 08.10- 10.15 - 42 GANNET , 11 FULMAR , 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 1 SWIFT & 6 SWALLOW ( in off ) 

Hope report- early morning 16 COMMON SCOTER-SE another 11 this afternoon , ARCTIC SKUA - 1 LP @13.55 - landed on sea then flew SE at14.15, 1 DP flew SE at 1425

Also 14 SWIFT in off 

Report from Yarmer Beach - 7 0YSTERCATCHER , 1 WHIMBREL.

In the lanes a RED L,PARTRIDGE 

WED 19 MAY 

First dry and sunny day for ages !

Hope report - 5 SANDERLING -SE , 1 GREAT N DIVER - NW

I spent the day on Dartmoor - Yarner Wood - at least 10 M PIED FLY .

Challacombe Farm - 3M 1 F REDSTART, 1 CUCKOO , 1 GARDEN WARBLER , 1 SPOT FLY 

TUES 18 MAY 

Another cloudy / bright periods morning feeling cold in a brisk F4/5 W wind .

Seawatch 08.00- 09.45- 25 GANNET, 3 FULMAR , 13 KITTIWAKE, 

4 RAZORMOT, 2 SHELDUCK , 3 GREAT N DIVER flew high NW @ 09.20 , 4 OYSTERCATCHER.

South Huish Marsh- 14 SWIFT , 20 SWALLOW, 10 HOUSE MARTIN, 

2 SAND MARTIN , 1 PEREGRINE over ,

Hope Report - 15 COMMON SCOTER, 3 GREAT N DIVER (as above ) 

afternoon 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA 

South Milton Ley - CHIFFCHAFF, BLACKCAP, CETTIS WARBLER, REED WARBLER, SEDGE WARBLER, WHITETHROAT, BULLFINCH, LONG T TIT ( inc young ) KESTREL 

 

MON 17 MAY 

A morning of cloud, then sunny until 11.15 when heavy rain set in 

( again ) , wind F5/6 W .

Seawatch 08.15 - 10.30 

8 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 4 MANX SHEARWATER, 45 KITTIWAKE-NW, 

14 RAZORMOT, 9 SWALLOW -N , 2 SANDERLING -SE .

A nice surprise was a total of 6 SKUA - 5 ARCTIC SKUA - LP-

1 @09.00 , 1 @ 0940 , 3 @ 09.52 - attacking KITTIWAKES , 

1 POMARINE SKUA - NW @ 09.35 

'On /over South Huish Marsh - 40 SWIFT, 50 SWALLOW, 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SHELDUCK ( only 3 ducklings left ) , 1 WHITETHROAT.

First good moth trap this morning - worth looking at 

WED 12 MAY 

A morning with increasing cloud , light SW breeze , rain by 12.00 

Seawatch from 08.00- 10.30

GANNET -22- SE, 23- SW , 2 FULMAR, 25 KITTIWAKE-SE, 

1 1W MED GULL - ROCKS , 4 WHIMBREL, 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 SWALLOW-N , 1 RAVEN.

An ordinary morning changed over a period of 10 mins at 08.45 - 

picked up a DP ARCTIC SKUA at 08.45 flying into the Bay over the rock and straight up the valley , incredibly at 08.52 an adult 

LONG TAILED SKUA (175 ) flew in off the sea at a height of 35 feet and not more than 20 yards from me - superb views of the underneath particularly the long tail feathers which I estimated at 2 foot long . This is only my second record of this SKUA in over 20 years - previous was a Juv in late autumn . 
in previous years have watched SKUAS fly up the valley , whether they took this route because of a front with heavy rain moving in from the East later is conjecture on my part .

On South Huish Marsh - evidence of successful breeding - ther a a family of 6 Canada Goose goslings , a pair of SHELDUCK with 6 day old ducklings and a pair of COOT with 4 young .

Over the Marsh 40+ SWALLOW , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 8 SWIFT

Report from Hope of a DP ARCTIC SKUA SE @ 09.05
 

GREY HEADED WAGTAIL 

Research by Alan Pomroy has found detailed descriptions in the ringers bible-Demongin  and Van Duivendijk- both state Thunbergi can show a small white and narrow mark above or just behind the eye - as this was the contentious aspect of the id have now included it on my local patch list - a first 

GREY HEADED WAGTAIL - South Huish Marsh 29 April 

LONG RANGE RECORD SHOTS OF WOOD SANDPIPER 25 APRIL 

&BAR TAILED GODWIT, WHIMBREL 

THURS 22 APRIL - BAR WIT FEST 

Overcast until,late morning , E F 6/7 

Offshore - With strong E winds expectation was high for wader passage - best morning for years 

Between 08.00 and 12.15 flocks of BAR TAILED GODWIT were 

flying in off the sea , many quite high . I time logged each flock to make sure I was not double counting .I logged 30 separate flock varying from 10 to 150 birds - several over 100 . Total bird logged a staggering 1600. It is certainly my day record ( and it is not finished yet ) 

Only 2 flocks landed on the rocks briefly, all th others went straight up the valley

For comparison only 4 flocks of Whimbrel totalling 70 birds . 
Single DUNLIN & Turnstone , 9 OYSTERCATCHER.

GANNET - 36 -SE, 5 NW , 9 FULMAR .

Surprisingly Tern passage light - 9 SANDWICH , 3 COMMON & 2 ARCTIC .

Only Duck a pair of SHOVELER flew into the Bay and landed on the sea.

For a short period the SPOONBILL landed on the rocks.

1 WHITETHROAT, 1 WHEATEAR, 3 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SWALLOW.

On the Marsh - SPOONBILL , 8 TEAL , 

Evening watch 16.45 - 18.15 -

4 more flocks of BAR WIT totalling 365 giving a day total of 1965 .

also 10 WHIMBREL, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 M SHOVELER, 2 WHEATEAR, 5 SWALLOW  and SPOONBILL 

Hope report from this morning - 62 WHIMBREL, 5 SANDWICH TERN , 1 AD LITTLE GULL

late evening update- the large flock Est at 200 has been revised by Richie to 435 from his photos , also found 2 GREY PLOVER amongst them 

This takes the days total to 2200 - I think this is a site day record , 

anyone know what the Devon record is ? Looking through some old Devon Birds annual reports the highest was 1141 in 1991 and recent years 748 in 2011 - well smashed !

 

With the E winds continuing for most of the weekend how many Bar Wits will be recorded?

 

WED 21 APRIL - SPOONBILL , GREYLAG GOOSE , FLOCK OF BAR WIT 

WED 21 APRIL 

A sunny morning , wind gradually increasing to F3/4 E 

08.15-10.30 BAY/MARSH 

Offshore - very little - GANNET - 6NW, 5 SE , 2 FULMAR , 3 RAZORMOT. At 09.05 pickup a large bird flying into the Bay from S , surprisingly a GREYLAG GOOSE ( 160 ) - not the usual hybrid type with the CANADA flock ( also picked up at Hope ) 

Waders - 35 WHIMBREL in off / rocks largest flock 7 . 2 BAR T GODWIT, 6 OYSTERCATCHER 

On the Marsh - SPOONBILL, 14 TEAL , 13 SHELDUCK, A BARNACLE 

GOOSE ( 161 ) questionable parentage but nicely marked plumage .

1 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT, a few SAND MARTIN & SWALLOW .

HOPE REPORT - 16 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 COMMIC TERN .

MARSH REPORT 16.00- SPOONBILL & Geese still, 30 WHIMBREL ( in flight ) 3 WHEATEAR 

Early evening report from Richie - significant BAR WIT MIGRATION 

accurate counts from photos , several flocks quite high - in just over an hour flocks of 30, 11,44 &28 =113 

also 17 WHIMBREL 

Some of the highest BAR WIT totals along the south coast , increased E winds for THURS and the W/ end  could produce one of the classic wader movements 

TUES 20 APRIL 

Another pleasant spring day with a light E breeze .

Warren Point watch from 08.15- 09.30 

Offshore- GANNET - 40-SE , 10 -NW , 3 FULMAR -NW, 21 RAZORMOT 

- ON SEA .

ON the beach\ rocks - 12 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 22 WHIMBREL, 

7 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT, 2 SWALLOW.

At South Huish Marsh- 18 SHELDUCK, 20 TEAL ,1 F YELLOW WAGTAIL, 5 WHEATEAR, 1 SEDGE WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER , 

10 SAND MARTIN , 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW .

At 11.55 a report of a SPOONBILL , at 18.00 it was still there along with -6 WHEATEAR, 1 DUNLIN , 1 F YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 18 WHIMBREL ( over ) 

Report of a REDSTART ( 159 ) at Bolt Tail Wood this morning 

Second best moth catch of the year 41 of 15 species 

Late report from Hope -1 DP ARCTIC SKUA -SE , 1 MANX SHEARWATER,6 SANDWICH TERN, 8 WHIMBREL , 2 GREAT N DIVER .

 

MON 19 APRIL 

Sunny morning , light frost , calm then SE F3 

WARREN POINT - 08.00- 09.30 , then Bay at South Huish Marsh -

57 GANNET -SE, 8 -NW, 2 FULMAR, 13 RAZORMOT, 

Waders - 23 WHIMBREL , 10 BAR TAILED GODWIT ( superb summer plumage) , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 8 TURNSTONE, 5 OYSTERCATCHER.

On the Marsh - 18 SHELDUCK , 15 TEAL , 1 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE , 

1 WHIMBREL, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, REED WARBLER 

Report from Hope from 07.10 -1 SANDWICH TERN, 3 WHIMBREL, 2 COMMON SCOTER , 2 SP BLACK THROATED DIVER-SE , 

1 RED THROATED DIVER- ON SEA , 14 MANX SHEARWATER- SE 

 

SUN 18 APRIL 

Cool start , sunny , no breeze 

Offshore 08.00- 0945 

30 GANNET - SE , 3 FULMAR, 2 SANDWICH TERN-SE, 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA - SE @09.20 , 7 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 3 RAZORBILL- ON SEA , 

20 WHIMBREL- E, 5 BAR TAILED GODWIT- E 

5 SKYLARK-N , 24 LINNET -N , 1 WHITETHROAT- by coast path .

On beach / rocks - 2 WHIMBREL, 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh - 1 DB BRENT GOOSE , 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE 

(157 ) , 5 SHELDUCK, 20 TEAL, 1 SNIPE, 1 WHEATEAR, 1 RAVEN , 1 REED WARBLER 

THE raptor seen by Alan over Soar car park and then by Eric over Aveton Gifford was a MARSH HARRIER (158 ) 

Late evening report from Hope -126 MANX SHEARWATER- SE 

 

SAT 17 APRIL

Sunny but frosty morning - little offshore 

Offshore -7.30- 08.30- GANNET - 18 -SE , 4 -NW , 3 FULMAR, 

8 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 13 RAZORMOT.

Rocks - 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL, 2 TURNSTONE 

On South Huish Marsh- 17 TEAL , 9 SHELDUCK, 1 MALLARD with 9 day old duckling , 1 DB BRENT GOOSE , 7 WHEATEAR, 2 F YELLOW WAGTAIL , 

HOPE report - 5 COMMON SCOTER , 4 WHIMBREL .Testerday afternoon a flock of 25 WHIMBREL flew north 

On Yarmer Beach - 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 RINGED PLOVER.

 

16 April - YELLOW WAGTAIL at South Huish Marsh from Richie 

FRI 16 APRIL 

Yet another clod &frosty start to a sunny day, light E breeze .

08.15- 11.30 - evidence of spring passage .

Offshore - GANNET - 52-SE 2 NW , 2 FULMAR-NW, SHELDUCK- 4 NW, 3 SE , 5 COMMON SCOTER -SE, 1 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 12 RAZORMOT, 1 GUILLEMOT -ON SEA, 1 RED T DICER - ON SEA .

On rocks - 2 GREY PLOVER, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER (155 ) , 

1WHIMBREL, 6 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh- 26 TEAL , 11 SHELDUCK, 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT- IN OFF , 8 WHEATEAR, 14 LINNET , 

3 SWALLOW , 1 M YELLOW WAGTAIL ( 156 ), 1 BLACK H GULL . 

On the Golf Course - 1 WHEATEAR 

Early evening report from South Huish Marsh- 7 WHIMBREL, 5 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 4 WHEATEAR, 1 M YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 WATER PIPIT 

Evening update from South Efford Marsh- 3 GREENSHANK, 

2 WHIMBREL, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL- over 

 

THURS 15 APRIL 

Suuny morning , frost early , feeling very cold in a F 3/5 ENE wind .

Watched from Warren Pt 08.00-11.15 

Along the coast path - 2STONECHAT , 1 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 SWALLOW .

Offshore - GANNET - 90 NW , 101 SE , 4 FULMAR, 5 SANDWICH TERN, 5 RAZORMOT, 1 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 4 SHELDUCK -on sea , 

RED T DIVER - 1 -on sea, 2 NW 

GREAT N DIVER - the White bird which frequented the Kingsbridge Estuary in the winter flew SE @ 08.10 

Behind a trawler at least 30 GREAT B B GULL .

On Yarmer Beach -4 RINGED PLOVER, 4 TURNSTONE, 1 DUNLIN , 

15 OYSTERCATCHER 

WED 14 APRIL 

A lovely sunny morning calm conditions, frost at dawn .

First Seawatch from Warren Point - 07.45 - 11. 45 

Started well with a WHITETHROAT ( 153 ) along the coast path , 

also a SONG THRUSH and several LINNET 1 SWALLOW 

 

GANNET - 40 -SE , 17 NW , 18 FULMAR (10-NW, 8 SE ) , 

18 RAZORMOT, 2 GUILLEMOT, 2 RAZORBILL, , 1M 1 F TUFTED DUCK 

( landed on sea ) , 2 SHELDUCK-SE , 3 COMMON SCOTER -SE & 8 on sea , 3 MANX SHEARWATER -SE , 2 GREAT N DIVER - ON SEA , 

1 RED T DIVER - NW , 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA - SE ( 154 ) 

2 SANDWICH TERN, 2 WHIMBREL - 1 in off , 1 NW , 

On the beach/rocks - 23 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE, 

2 RINGED PLOVER 

Hope report 1- 06.40- 07.45 - 6 COMMIC TERN -SE, 83 COMMON SCOTER ( 2x30, 14, 5 &4 .)

2- 0815-09.40 - 2 RED T DIVER , 2 TUFTED DUCK , 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 9 COMMON SCOTER 

Evening report from South Huish Marsh- 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

4 WHEATEAR , 8 SWALLOW 

 

13 APRIL - LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, RING OUZEL- at South Huish Marsh- Richie Moore 

TUES 13 APRIL 

Reports received today -

Hope 07.00- 08.05 & 08.45- 09.35 

5 RED T DIVER, 4 COMMIC TERN , 3 SANWICH TERN , 22 COMMON SCOTER , 8 WHIMBREL - N in off .

Thurlestone Bay - 6 WHIMBREL flying across the bay 

Yarmer Beach - 2 RINGED PLOVER, yesterday 14 TURNSTONE 

Tidal Road - 1 BLACK SWAN ,  GOLDCREST, BLACKCAP , GREAT SP WOODY 

My garden - BULLFINCH, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, KESTREL 

Evening report for South Huish Marsh -

Richie found a superb Male RING OUZEL ( in paddock at side of the copse )( 152 ) - This could be a first for this site , also 1 WHIMBREL, 

7 SHELDUCK, 15 TEAL, 1 WATER PIPIT , LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still , 4 SWALLOW 

MON 28 DEC

With the possibility of further CORVID 19 restrictions decided to drive over to Bude Marshes where the SOCIABLE LAPWING had been relocated after its stay around Lands End 

Spent well over an hour looking at it - at least in dry and sometimes bright if cold conditions.

My 3rd life tick this year , a very enjoyable day out - 3 photos below , more on the 2020 SEPT photos page 

WED 23 DEC

Rain, Rain, & more Rain ☔️

South Huish Marsh 09.15-11.15 viewed from the car ! 
A site first picked up on the right hand corner - LESSER YELLOWLEGS ( photos below ) - must be the South Efford Marsh bird , also 8 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN , 25 OYSTERCATCHER , amongst the 100 BLACK H GULL 1 AD, 2 1W MED GULL , 50 HERRING GULL, 10 GREAT B B GULL , 2 LESSER B B GULL .

WIGEON & TEAL present - not counted .
 

SUN 20 DEC 

A morning of sunny periods and showers with a F5/6 SW wind .

09.15 Seawatch- 120 GANNET, 1 2W MED GULL -SE , 2 KITTIWAKE, 3 RAZORMOT, 2 SHAG .

On South Huish Marsh- 120 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 

1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 

29 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 2 PEREGRINE-over .

An albino GREAT N DIVER has been reported in the Salcombe Est 

2 photos from Alan - a most unusual seasonal record 

GOOSANDER -SOUTH HUISH MARSH - ALAN DOIDGE 

GREAT PHOTOSOF THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS AT SOUTH EFFORD MARSH FROM ALAN DOIDGE 

FRI 18 SEPT - WADERS ON THE KELP-KNOT, DUNLIN , SANDERLING RINGED PLOVER

 

OSPREY over the River Avon 22 AUG 

MON 9 MAR- PATCH FIRST !

Started with some bright periods clouded over by 10.30 with heavy rain from 11.30 

From 11.30 sat in the rear gate of my car searching through Gulls which were coming into the Marsh for a easy and preen - at one point I had 70 BLACK HEADED GULL WITH 5 MED GULL ( 3ad 1 2W 

1 1w ) , at 12.15 picked up a smaller gull on the main lake - spooked by 2 squabbling Coot - very brief views indicated a Little Gull , at 12.35 found it again on the small flooded pool- took me a few minutes to confirm my immediate thoughts- ROSS'S GULL - A

a patch life tick - only previous sighting was at the Exe Estuary a few years ago .

Bird was showing well until around 15.00 when I had to leave - seen by around 10 local birders .

In very poor light a few of my photos below - this ranks alongside the Desert Wheatear in Nov 2016 .

This is what local patch birding is all about , hours spent just 

looking at the Gulls does bring its rewards 

2 RECORD SHOTS OF THE MALE RED B MERGANSER THIS MORNING 

BLACK TAILED GODWIT, KNOT,

SAT 26 OCT 

 Richie had an OSPREY fly in off the sea at South Huish Marsh, 

3 RINGED PLOVER on the Marsh , 4TURNSTONE  on the rocks .

Earlier in the week Alan had a STORM PETREL in the Bay .

On Thursday Eric had a BLACK REDSTART by his garden 

Photo of today's OSPREY 

LONG BILLED DOWITCHER- much brighter one is Alan’s 

Record shots of the LESSER YELLOWLEGS - first 3 by Richie Moore 

2 POOR & Cropped record shots of the WRYNECK 

FRI 28 JUNE 

For a full frame image press on the photo 

FANTASTIC PHOTO FROM RICHIE MOORE OF A M KENTISH PLOVER 

ONLY THE SECOND RECORD IN LAST 20 YEARS !

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

Record shots of RED RUMPED SWALLOW at Torpoint 12 Dec 

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

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 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 

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 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
ISABELLINE SHRIKE

2014

Crane at South Huish Marsh 20 Oct 2014- Alan Doidge