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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WED 5 SEPT
Alan ringed 48new Birds this morning - 19BLACKCAP, 11 CHIFFY, 3 REED WARBLER, 9 SEDGE WARBLER, 2 WHITETHROAT, 2 SPOT FLY.
A WATER RAIL CALLING Also a juv with a begging call - probable breeding record ?
Updates on our latest visit to Cyprus will be posted on a separate page - Cyprus Sept 2018
TUES 4 SEPT .
A cloudy morning with a light N/NE breeze .
A 45 min Garden Watch from 07.30 produced 28 species inc -
2BLACKCAP, 1 CHIFFY , 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 SEDGE WARBLER,
1 JAY , 3 WHEATEAR , 40 SWALLOW, 20 HOUSE MARTIN.
Joinedby Graham this morning-
On Leasfoot Beach - 24DUNLIN, 6 SANDERLING, 15+ ROCK PIPIT ,
6 WHITE WAGTAIL , 20 + PIED WAGTAIL .
On Yarmer Beach - 60 DUNLIN, 50 RINGED PLOVER , 1 SANDERLING
1 TURNSTONE, .30 OYSTERCATCHER
Offshore / Bay- 1 COMMON SCOTER , 6 MED GULL ( 1ad , 3 2s, 2 JUV ), 105 GANNET, 1 FULMAR .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 3 RINGED PLOVER ,
12 DUNLIN , 2 SNIPE , 11 TEAL , 3 WHEATEAR .
In a local garden 4SISKIN on feeders
News from James K of a SHORT EARED OWL (188) (quartering between Hope Cove & Bolt Tail this evening . Raft of 70 + MANX SHEARWATER in the Bay this afternoon
MON 3 SEPT
A very warm morning with sunny periods , calm conditions .
On Leasfoot Beach - 10 DUNLIN , 17 ROCK PIPIT , 2 WHITE WAGTAIL .
On Yarmer Beach - 100 DUNLIN , 58 RINGED PLOVER , 2 SANDERLING.
On Coast Path - 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 WHEATEAR , 1 PEREGRINE.
On South Huish Marsh - 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 DUNLIN , ,
1 YELLOW WAGTAIL.Flocks of 70 GOLDFINCH , 50 LINNET .
AT SOUTH EFFORD MARSH -1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 YELLOW WAGTAIL otherwise same as Saturday
Late afternoon visit to South Huish Marsh- WOOD SANDPIPER , 3 DUNLIN ,2 SNIPE , 15 YELLOW WAGTAIL .
Sat with a glass of wine in my garden - 18.40- 19.20 -
1 GREEN WOODY , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 SPRAWK , 165 SWALLOW ,1 CHIFFY , 5 HERON ( flew down the valley ) 1 CATTLE EGRET ( flew over ) , 2 SWIFT ( 19.15 ) . Must do this evening viz mig watch more often !
Alan was ringing at South Milton Ley -41 new birds inc- 3 CHIFFY , 18 BLACKCAP, 8 REED WARBLER ,3 SEDGE WARBLER,2 WHITETHROAT, 2 WILLOW WARBLER,. Also on site - 2SPOT FLY ,6 GREY WAGTAIL , 1 TREE PIPIT
SUN 2 SEPT
Asultry day with 75% cloud and a light E breeze .Joined by Bob Chris & Terry this morning .
Constant movement of Hirundines- morning totals - 520+ SWALLOW , 240 + HOUSE MARTIN , 1SAND MARTIN .
Terry had similar counts to yesterday of DUNLIN , RINGED PLOVER ,5 SANDERLING .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 REDSHANK ,
7 DUNLIN ., 7 BLACK T GODWIT ( flew off NW at 10.30), 9 TEAL .
60 LINNET - also a flock of 100+ in a field by the footbridge , where
there was a REED WARBLER.Late afternoon Eric reports 30+
On Leasfoot Beach- 12 ROCK PIPIT, 4 WHITE WAGTAIL , 1 DUNLIN
At South Efford Marsh 8 GREENSHANK , A CATTLE EGRET otherwise similar to yesterday
A 30 min watch from my garden produced 3 SWIFT , 60 SWALLOW ,10 HOUSE MARTIN, 8 SAND MARTIN
SAT 1 SEPT
An overcast morning with a light SE wind .
A 45 min Garden Watch only produced 25 species - best was a GREEN WOODY .
On Yarmer Beach -110+ DUNLIN , 60+ RINGED PLOVER ,
3 SANDERLING, 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER ( first of the autumn ).
Off shore - 1 COMMON TERN -E , 1 AD MED GULL -W , 2 COMMON SCOTER .
On South Huish Marsh- 1WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 REDSHANK ,
12 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE , 1 CHIFFY , 2 TEAL , 8 YELLOW WAGTAIL,
200+ SWALLOW , 45 + HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SAND MARTIN ( all moving south )
Report of 2 SPOT FLY , 1 REDSTART (187 )
At South Efford Marsh - 19 BLACK T GODWIT , 28 CURLEW ,
3 REDSHANK , 6 GREENSHANK, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 DUNLIN , 6 RINGED PLOVER ,1 CATTLE EGRET , 1 WHINCHAT , 1 KINGFISHER,
ABLACK SWAN amongst the Mute ‘s .
Details of 3 controls rec’d from Alan -
SEDGE WARBLER - Ringed at S M Ley on 21 July 2018 - controlled at
Icklesham Sussex on 31 July .
REED WARBLER -Ringed On 11 July 2018 , controlled at Icklesham
Sussex On 3 Aug 2018
SEDGE WARBLER ringed on 1 Aug 2018 controlled At Moafa Uchef
Conway Wales on 5 Aug 2018 - Just what was that doing going NW ?
FRI 31 AUG
A very nice sunny morning with a very light breeze to complete the month
Only time for a visit to Yarmer Beach - Along the coast path -
4 WHITETHROAT, 1 WILLOW WARBLER , 1 CHIFFY , 4 STONECHAT
( 3juv ) , 1 F WHINCHAT .
Waders on the beach - 24 OYSTERCATCHER, 100+ DUNLIN ,
25 RINGED PLOVER , 4 SANDERLING . Offshore - 85 GANNET , 20 COMMON SCOTER -W , 37 CORMORANT.
A quick 10 min in my garden at 08.10 - 6 BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY ( 1 in sub song )
Alan ringed 44 birds at South Milton Ley-18 BLACKCAP , 1 CHIFFY, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 GROPPA, 5 REED WARBLER, 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 WHITETHROAT, 7 WILLOW WARBLER.
Also on site the First returning WATER RAIL, , 1 KINGFISHER. An adult GROPPA with 3 recently fledged young .
WOOD SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 AUG
THURS 30 AUG
A cloudy cool morning with a light NNE wind .
Started at South Huish Marsh - joined by Eric & Roger today . A WOOD SANDPIPER flew off ( must have returned as still there at 12.15 ) 7 BLACK T GODWIT , 4 SNIPE , 4 DUNLIN , 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL .
Went over to Soar to look for the Dotterel no sign , walked from
East Soar car park past the Willows back via Middle Soar - totals were - 40+ WHEATEAR , 1 BLACKCAP, 2 WHITETHROAT, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 PIED FLY , 1 REDSTART , 1JUV WHINCHAT , 125 +
YELLOW WAGTAIL .
This afternoon at South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 juv SPOTTED REDSHANK , 8 GREENSHANK, 25 CURLEW , 24 BLACK T GODWIT , 4 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 KINGFISHER , 55+TEAL
DUNLIN ON YARMER BEACH & SNOW GOOSE SOUTH HUISH MARSH 29 AUG
WED 29 AUG
Another interesting day on the patch- stated cloudy with calm conditions .
At -9.15 On Yarmer Beach - 160 DUNLIN , 80 RINGED PLOVER ,
6 SANDERLING, 15 OYSTERCATCHER. Offshore 50 GANNET and a feeding flock of 120+ at 12.20
On South Huish Marsh 16 CANADA GOOSE &a SNOW GOOSE (185)
could this be the same as at Bowling Green Marsh .8 DUNLIN ,
4 RINGED PLOVER , only EGRETS were 3 LITTLE , 6 TEAL, 5 MIPIT , 1 TREE PIPIT , 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 25 SWALLOW , 8 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SAND MARTIN , 1 SPRAWK .
Late afternoon call from Eric on South Efford Marsh a juv SPOTTED REDSHANK ( 186 ) a scarce patch bird only 3rd record in last 10 years , also 24 BLACK T GODWIT , 8 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK ,
1 GREEN SANDPIPER , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 3 DUNLIN , 1 KINGFISHER. In the morning Rod had a CATTLE EGRET. 40 TEAL .
OSPREY again .
TUES 28 AUG .
The 51 CATTLE EGRET flew off N/NE at 15.00 ( did not turn up at South Efford Marsh )
Also Around South Huish Marsh - 1 m HOBBY , 4 TEAL , 5 DUNLIN , 1 LITTLE EGRET , 50 SWALLOW , 80 LINNET .1SNIPE
OVER the footbridge- 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 SWIFT , 1 WHITETHROAT.
On Yarmer Beach this morning - 132 DUNLIN , 100 RINGED PLOVER , 4 SANDERLING ,1 WHEATEAR , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL .
Offshore 6 MANX SHEARWATER flew E.
At South Efford Marsh - Eric reports the OSPREY fishing around 16.00, 7 GREENSHANK , 19 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 WHIMBREL ,
PHOTOS OF CATTLE EGRET 28 AUG
TUES 28 AUG
Lunchtime update - At 11.05 Graham & myself picked up a flock of Egrets flying down the valley towards South Huish Marsh ,our initial estimate was 50 birds .
they landed in a field with a herd of Friesian Cows - all of them were CATTLE EGRET. Walked round to the field , after several counts we came to the conclusion there were 51 birds - this is certainly a Devon County record flock and could be a UK national record .
Further information and photos will be posted later
MON 27 AUG
Started cloudy with a light shower, gradually improving with some sunny periods . AWNW F 5/6 wind
A visit to Yarmer Beach found - 26 OYSTERCATCHER, 75 DUNLIN ,
40 RINGED PLOVER , 5 SANDERLING. OFFSHORE - 100+ GANNET,
1 FULMAR , 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER -E , 1 COMMON TERN - E .
This afternoon went down the tidal road at Aveton Gifford - met
Rob & Steph again - The OSPREY WhATCHED FOR OVER AN HOUR gave good views - the ring is T7 confirmed as a male hatched at
Rutland Water in May 2016 . Also - 7 GREENSHANK , 4 REDSHANK , 20 BLACK T GODWIT, 26 CURLEW, 2 WHIMBREL , 1 JUV YELLOW L GULL , 1 RAVEN .Earlier in the morning Eric had the CATTLE EGRET, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER , 1 DUNLIN
Met Gordon & Barbara Waterhouse Along the road and managed to put them onto the Osprey - nice to see them out and about .
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SUN 26 AUG
Back to a typical Bank Holiday - driving rain , F7 + S/SSW wind , very poor viz in the rain . Joined by Rob & Steph Murphy this morning .
On South Huish Marsh - 36 DUNLIN , 2 SNIPE , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 7 TEAL , 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 1 WHEATEAR .
During some of the short breaks in the rain seawatching Steph picked up a CORY’S SHEARWATER fling east close inshore , also 5 FULMAR , 1 SANDWICH TERN , days total of 95 GANNET . A WHIMBREL flew over .
SAT 25 AUG
A nice sunny morning with only a light NW breeze .
An hours Garden Watch from 07.40 produced 29 species inc -
1CHIFFY , 2 WHITETHROAT, 6 BLACKCAP , 6 SEDGE WARBLER ( inc a party of 4 together ) , 1 SPOT FLY , 2 F REED BUNTING ,
2 CIRL BUNTING , 2 RINGED PLOVER ( flew E calling ) .
At nearby South Milton Ley Alan ringed41 Birds inc - 9 BLACKCAP ,
5 REED WARBLER, 7 SEDGE WARBLER, 6 WILLOW WARBLER,
2 TREE PIPIT (another 6 flew over )1 BULLFINCH .In fields nearby John had 2 RED L PARTRIDGE + 8 well grown chicks .
Highlight At South Efford Marsh was provided by Bruce Church who photographed a CATTLE EGRET this morning ( first patch record since early April ) Eric had the same Waders as yesterday . The
OSPREY was seen late yesterday morning
Significant change in the weather expected o/night - gale force winds and a period of heavy rain , expectations high .
FRI 24 AUG
A cloudy morning with a brisk F4/5 N W wind .
Family left at 10.30 enabling me to go over to South Huish Marsh ,
for the second time in 3 days no waders recorded . Best bird was a flyover YELLOW WAGTAIL ( only the 2nd record this year ) ,
40+ LINNET , 1 SEDGE WARBLER , 3 STONECHAT ( 1juv ) .
Offshore 15 GANNET plus on the horizon a feeding frenzy flock of over 200.
The wader hotspot at the moment is South Efford Marsh , today
Eric reported - 20 BLACK T GODWIT , 7 GREENSHANK, 2 REDSHANK ,25 CURLEW, 1 WHIMBREL, 7 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 DUNLIN,
6 RINGED PLOVER. Also 1 JUV YELLOW L GULL , 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 CHIFFY , 1 SEDGE WARBLER .
OSPREY last seen on Thurs afternoon
WED 22 AUG
News from Eric at South Efford Marsh- 22 BLACK T GODWIT ,
7 GREENSHANK, 3 REDSHANK , 28 CURLEW, 1 WHIMBREL,
2 COMMON SANDPIPER ,1 DUNLIN . A big influx of TEAL overnight with a count of 50 today .The OSPREY continues to fish the river Avon .
TUES 21 AUG
Reports received today - Eric at South Efford Marsh -
16BLACK T GODWIT, 5 GREENSHANK , 4 RINGED PLOVER , 2 DUNLIN . The OSPREY watched flying down river .
At South Milton Ley Alan Ringed 44 birds- 10 BLACKCAP,
1 GARDEN WARBLER , 6 REED WARBLER, 18 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 KINGFISHER , 1 GREAT SP WOODY . 150 + SWALLOW and aSWIFT FLEW OVER .
MON 20 AUG
Yesterday the morning was low cloud/mist and drizzle, today thick
fog ( 200yds viz ) until 10.40 . No wind .
Once the fog cleared the waders on Yarmer Beach were -
73 RINGED PLOVER , 6 DUNLIN , 4 SANDERLING . Only 5 GANNET Offshore .
Report Yesterday afternoon of the OSPREY on the Avon Estuary .
Record shots of SEDGE WARBLER in my garden
SAT 18 AUG
A cloudy morning with a brisk W wind . After yesterday’s warbler fest had another Garden Watch 90 mins from 07.30 - 31 species logged - 3 CIRL BUNTING , 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 2 CHIFFY , 2 WHITETHROAT, 3 BLACKCAP , 1 GREEN WOODY , 1 TREE PIPIT,
43 BLACK H GULL ( flew down the valley )
On South Huish Marsh - 12 BLACK T GODWIT, 3 TEAL , 3JV STONECHAT , 1 WHITETHROAT, 15 GOLDFINCH .
At South Efford Marsh this morning Eric reports - OSPREY ( over the Marsh At 11.00 ) , 7 BLACK T GODWIT , 7 GREENSHANK, 3 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 GREEN SANDPIPER, 2 REDSHANK , 220 BLACK H GULL .
OSPREY Aveton Gifford 16 Aug. by Alan Doidge
FRI 17 AUG
A calm and sunny early morning with increasing cloud , by 11.00 the NW wind up to F4/5
Best part of the day was a 50 min Garden Watch from 07.30- 33 species logged including 6 species of Warbler- 3 SEDGE , 1 CHIFFY ,2 WILLOW , 9+ BLACKCAP ( one group of 6 ) 2 WHITETHROAT and best of all a juv GROPPA ., also 2 REED BUNTING , 2 CIRL BUNTING ,
1 SPRAWK .
WADERS On the beaches totalled - 75 RINGED PLOVER , 36 DUNLIN , 3 SANDERLING .
Offshore - 45+ GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 2 SHELDUCK ( flew west )
Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan & Dave had 55 new birds -
8 SEDGE , 10 REED , 9 WILLOW WARBLERS , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 BLACKCAP . At least 25 TREE PIPIT on site of which 12 ringed . Also on site 2 SWIFT , 1 KINFISHER .
At South Efford Marsh Eric had - 5 BLACK T GODWIT , 7 GREENSHANK , 25 CURLEW , 2 COMMON SANDPIPER , mixed flock of 12DUNLIN/RINGED PLOVER flew through . A report of the OSPREY At 06.30 . and late afternoon , also 5 GREEN SANDPIPER at 17.45
Record shots of SANDERLING & GREEN SANDPIPER
THURS 16 AUG
Early morning heavy rain followed by 100% cloud and by late morning some brief sunny intervals. Wind SW F3 .
joine Roger at S Huish Marsh At 09.00- 8 BLACK T GODWIT ,
5 SNIPE , 2 TEAL .
At 10.30 - 11.45 at Leasfoot Beach - 50 DUNLIN, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 6 SANDERLING , amongst 20 PIED WAGTAIL were 2 ad WHITE WAGTAIL . Offshore - 4 COMMON SCOTER , 45 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 4 MANX SHEARWATER.
At 16.10 a call from Eric - an OSPREY OVER South Efford Marsh/ River Avon - watched from the end of the tidal road for 30 mins until it caught 2 fish when it flew off to feed .A LITTLE GREBE on the river , on the marsh 7 GREENSHANK, CURLEW flock , 3COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER .
From Alan’s photos the Osprey shows a Blue ring with 11 , will try to obtain further details
WED 15 AUG
Another cloudy morning with a ligh F2/3 SW breeze .
On South Huish Marsh - 8 BLACK T GODWIT ( 7 flew off up the valley @09.35 ) , 4 DUNLIN & 2 RINGED PLOVER ( they flew off W @ 09.50 ) 1 GREEN SANDPIPER . The surprise of the morning was briefly on view in the Copse - a WOOD WARBLER ( 184 ) - this is my first autumn record , still a rare migrant in Spring ,.
At 10.55 on Leasfoot Beach - 32 DUNLIN , 12 RINGED PLOVER ,
4 SANDERLING .
At 11.20 on Yarmer Beach - 36 RINGED PLOVER , 14 DUNLIN , 2 SANDERLING
Through my garden to day - 6 BLACKCAP ( family party ) ,
1 WHITETHROAT, 1M CIRL BUNTING .
A SWIFT Reported from South Milton Ley this pm .
RINGED PLOVER & SANDERLING On Leasfoot Beach 14 Aug
TUES 14 AUG
A cloudy morning ,with low cloud and drizzle up to 10.00 . A brisk F4/5 W wind .
All the waders were on Leasfoot Beach this morning until visitors / does spooked them - 49 RINGED PLOVER , 45 DUNLIN , 12 SANDERLING, 1 WHIMBREL .
OFFSHORE - 75 GANNET , 1 KITTIWAKE, 2 FULMAR, 14 MANX SHEARWATER, 6 BALEARIC SHEARWATER - W
On South Huish Marsh - 8 BLACK T GODWIT , 4 LITTLE EGRET, 1 SAND MARTIN
Alan Ringed 40 new birds at South Milton Ley - 1 BLACKCAP,
11 REED WARBLER, 24 SEDGE WARBLER, 3 WILLOW WARBLER,
also on site - 1 juv MARSH HARRIER flew NW at 09.30,
150 SWALLOW , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , BARN OWL reported o/night
At Aveton Gifford Eric had a juv SPOT FLY , NUTHATCH .
MON 13 AUG .
A morning of sunny periods with an increasing WNW F4/5 wind .
Joined by Graham and briefly by Bob and Chris
Big influx of Waders on the beaches -
Leasfoot Beach-40 SANDERLING, 50 RINGED PLOVER , 55 DUNLIN,
1 TURNSTONE, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER
YARMER BEACH - 42 RINGED PLOVER , 15 DUNLIN , 1 WHIMBREL
Offshore - 50+ GANNET , 15 KITTIWAKE, 2 FULMAR, 1JUV MED GULL
9 MANX S’WATER ( raft on sea too far out to count )
On South Huish Marsh - 8BLACK T GODWIT, 2 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER ,2 SNIPE , 1 WHEATEAR
On the rocks only 7MED GULL ( 6 juv )
By the footbridge a SWIFT flew over
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 6 GREENSHANK , 4 COMMON SANDPIPER, 9 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER 6 CURLEW , 5 JUV
SUN 12 AUG
FIRST SOME LATE NEWS FROM JAMES AT HOPE COVE -FRI 10 AUG
1 ARCTIC SKUA-E @1938 , 1SOOTY SHEARWATER -W @10.28
SAT 11 AUG - 1 ARCTIC SKUA -W @18.42 , 1 BONXIE -W @19.08 , 160+ MANX SHEARWATER .
AT South Efford Marsh late Sat afternoon - 40 DUNLIN , 9 RINGED PLOVER .
This morning after a night of heavy rain poor off shore viz with an F7 SSW WIND and rough seas Seawatching from 07.45 - 09.45 from the cafe - 700 + GANNET, 1 ARCTIC TERN -E @ 08.10 , lots of Gulls -
150+ LESSER B B GULL , 100+ GREAT B B GULL , 2 KITTIWAKE,
a new patch record of 40MED GULL( 4ad , 3 2s , 35 juv ) ,
240 + MANX SHEARWATER ( inc a raft of 100 + on the sea ) , 8 BALEARIC SHEARWATER , 2 SOOTY SHEARWATER- E AT 08.50 & 08.55, 5 COMMON SCOTER -E
On the Marsh - 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 DUNLIN .
JAMES AT HOPE - 1 ARCTIC SKUA -E @08.55 , also commented on large numbers of Manx and some BALEARIC .
This afternoon through my garden , 3 SWIFT , 3 CIRL BUNTING , 2 WHITETHROAT , 2 BLACKCAP , 1 WILLOW WARBLER .
Record shots of WHEATER & RUFF WITH BLACK TAILED GODWIT
SAT 11 AUG
A cloudy morning with frequent showers , no wind , poor offshore viz in the showers . Sign of wader passage with 10 species recorded
Offshore - 130 GANNET, 10 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 1 SANDWICH TERN , 4 KITTIWAKE .
On the beach / rocks - 6 DUNLIN, 17 RINGED PLOVER , 5 SANDERLING , 1 GREY PLOVER , 7 OYSTERCATCHER , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER . 1 WHEATEAR , 15 MED GULL ( 3ad, 12 juv ) .
On South Huish Marsh - 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 1juv RUFF , 1SNIPE
2 TEAL , 3 LITTLE EGRET
Looks like some strong winds and heavy rain o/night.
Late News from Nick of a flock of 50 Waders on rocks below Bob’s carpark / Leasfoot Beach - 6 TURNSTONE , 6 SANDERLING ,
38 RINGED PLOVER .
FRI 10 AUG
Heavy rain o/night , showers this morning , a WSW F6/7 wind produced rough seas .
A seawatch from the carpark produced - 205 GANNET , 3 FULMAR ,
3 KITTIWAKE, 250 MANX S’WATER ( inc a single flock of 200 ) ,
3 BALEARIC S’WATER, 1 SOOTY SHEARWATER ( W at 09.35 )
16 MED GULL ( 6 ad 10 juv )
No waders on the Marsh .
Eric reports from South Efford Marsh - 1GREEN SANDPIPER,
9 DUNLIN, 7 GREENSHANK, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 28 CUTLEW. , 1JUV MED GULL, 25 SWALLOW
THURS 9 AUG
A morning of sunny periods with a F2/3 NW wind .
Nothing of interest on the Marsh , however offshore one of the largest Gull flocks in a feeding frenzy - at least 4000 HERRING ,
200 BLACK HEADED + 50 juv . On the rocks amongst a flock of
100+ BLACK HEADED a new record total of 28 MED GULL ( 7ad,
2 2s , 19 juv ) , also 1 WHIMBREL
News from Alan who was ringing at South Milton Ley - A 1st year
MARSH HARRIER Spent 10 mins mid morning quartering the Reed beds .Birds ringed - 21 SEDGE WBLR, 11 REED WARBLER,
24 WILLOW WARBLER , 1 BLACKCAP , 1 WHITETHROAT.
On site - 2 TAWNY OWL, 50 SWALLOW , 10 HOUSE MARTIN , family p arty of COAL TIT
REED AND SEDGE WARBLER in the reeds On 21 July
Photos for 4 July - SANDWICH TERN ( almost a breeding display , presenting a sand eel ) , MARBLED WHITE , MED GULL , DUNLIN ,
JUV BLACK H GULL
SEDGE WARBLER ( with nest material ) , LITTLE EGRET , SPOONBILL
& CURLEW ( long range shot ) South Efford Marsh
GREYLAG GOOSE ON THE ROCKS THIS MORNING
RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK & SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6 JUNE
TEAL & WHITETHROAT 4 JUNE
RECORD SHOTS OF GREY L GOOSE ,
RED C POCHARD -F , REDSTART- F
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
BAR T GODWIT , 2 POOR RECORD SHOTS OF THE CURLEW SANDPIPER - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 APRIL
Some alterations to the format of the pages , the historical page will now provide access to the older trip reports and previous years records .
will be revamping the Photos page over the next few weeks
Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April
RED N GREBE , SCAUP AT BEESANDS LEY 7 MARCH
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
A nice year garden tick , on the scrape behind my garden at 11.15
30 DEC , also 2 HERON &8MALLARD
A FITTING FESTIVE BIRD - A PARTRIDGE IN A -------
THESE WERE IN A FIELD AT HUXTON CROSS THIS MORNING
Photos of the AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON AT South Huish Marsh 14 DEC
LAPWING BEEN ON HIS OWN SINCE EARLY NOV AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 27 NOV
RECORD SHOTS OF SANDERLING on the rocks 21 NOV 2017
CATTLE EGRET AND WHEATEAR around South Huish Marsh Oct 2017
CURLEW SANDPIPER, BAR TAILED GODWIT, LITTLE STINT All on South Huish Marsh 26 Sept 2017
Photos taken 18 Sept 2017 at South Efford Marsh of
BAR T GODWIT, REDSHANK, GREENSHANK , CATTLE EGRET
Photos from my new P900 camera - GREY PHALAROPE at South Milton Sands and on South Huish Marsh on 12 Sept 2017
Record shots of BLACK SWAN ( lots of glare ) and LITTLE EGRET Avon Estuary 18 Aug 2017
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
A nice record shot from James K of a BRAMBLING at Huxton Cross on 24 January 2017
2 more photos from Alan D of a WHITE FRONTED GOOSE and a 1w
ICELAND GULL taken at the end of Feb at South Huish Marsh
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
Record shot of the GARGANEY on South Huish Marsh on 16 March
by Alan Doidge
A nice close up of the bill of the WHITE FRONTED GOOSE at South Huish Marsh taken by James K
Whist waiting for auditions for the remake of Last of the Summer Wine our photographic agent Steph Murphy took this publicity shot at Broadsands this morning of Eric Tony and myself
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
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 !