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 

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

2019 Monthly  Review 

TUES 15 OCT 

A morning of sunny ? periods and light SSW breeze produced 

some interesting birds -

Started with an hours viz mig and passerine watch around the Church - In a local garden with COAL TIT , 2 GOLDCREST WAS A 

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ( 193 ) , in the stubble / ploughed field 

7 CIRL BUNTING , 35 PIED WAGTAIL , 30 MIPIT , 8 CHAFFINCH , 3 CHIFFY, 5 SKYLARK, 1 MISTLE THRUSH ..

Walked from the car park to South Huish Marsh - 45 SKYLARK -N , 40 MIPIT -N 4 SISKIN -N , 8 PIED WAGTAIL -N plus 20 in field , 1 F YELLOW WAGTAIL -feeding with cattle , on the Marsh - 26 TEAL, 

5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 1W MED GULL , 2 SWALLOW -S .1 GREAT SP WOODY.

On the rocks -5 RINGED PLOVER , 2 TURNSTONE, 1 DUNLIN, 

1 COMMON SANDPIPER.

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports an ad LITTLE GULL in with a flock of BLACK H GULL , 3 COMMON SANDPIPER, 4 REDSHANK , 

2 GREENSHANK, 15 + CHIFFY , In the carpark - 1 FIRCREST , 

3 GOLDCREST.

Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan had 34 new birds - 12 CHIFFY , 3 GOLDCREST, 1 FIRECREST, 2 MIPIT, 3 ROBIN , 1 SONG THRUSH .

On site - 1 MISTLE THRUSH , 2 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 WATER RAIL , 6 BULLFINCH , 6 SISKIN 

Report from James watching At Hope Cove - 08.30- 09.30 at least 

8 Skuas -s  7 ARCTIC , 1 IMM POMARINE,  probable RED T DIVER , ,later afternoon 1 BONXIE ,11 COMMON SCOTER 

 

 

MON 14 OCT 

Another morning of 100% cloud with frequent showers .

Garden Watch from 07.45- 08.25 & 15.00-15.30 - 25 species inc-

1 CHIFFY, 1 STOCK DOVE , 2 SKYLARK, 90 MIPIT , 1 MOORHEN , 

200 STARLING , 2 ROE DEER .

Seawatch from the flats 09.45 - 11.30- 300 GANNET ( inc a feeding flock of 200 ), 3 MED GULL ( 1 ad , 2 2W ), 5 KITTIWAKE, 9 RAZORMOT, 7 TURNSTONE, 6 RINGED PLOVER , 90 SWALLOW ( 1 flock of 60 ), 30 HOUSE MARTIN .

On South Huish Marsh - 18 TEAL , 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT.

James At Hope Cove this morning - 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 

1 DP ARCTIC SKUA, 1 BONXIE , 15 COMMON SCOTER & 40 HOUSE 

MARTIN 

SUN 13 OCT 

A cloudy morning , clearer after 11.00., light showers, F4/5 WSW wind .

Seawatch from 08.50-11.30 from car park and then the flats -

260 GANNET, 9 KITTIWAKE, 9 COMMON SCOTER -SE , 15 WIGEON -SE, 30 RAZORMOT-SE , . VIZ MIG - 145 MIPIT , 35 GOLDFINCH , 10 ALBA WAGTAIL, 38 SWALLOW .

On South Huish Marsh - 2 DUNLIN , 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 20 MALLARD , 25 TEAL, .

SAT 12 OCT

For those petrol heads - just look what 'flew ' into Edwards Close this afternoon - another patch first A MACLAREN  

THURS 10 OCT 

Sunny periods until 11.00 when 100% cloud , wind WSW5/6 .

Seawatch from carpark 08.45 - 10.15 - 220GANNET , 2 BONXIE - NW @ -8.55 & 09.25 , 5 DP ARCTIC SKUA - NW , 4 RAZORMOT-SE , 

6 WIGEON- NW , 15 SKYLARK-N , 80 MIPIT -N .

On South Huish Marsh - 8 TEAL , 11 MALLARD , 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 DUNLIN, 1 2W MED GULL .

Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan Only had 11 new birds inc -

1 MIPIT, 1 CETTIS WARBLER,3 BLACKCAP, 3 GOLDCREST , 1 CHIFFY 

James Watching from Hope had 4 DP ARCTIC SKUA, also aGREY PHALAROPE .

Next update will be on Sunday .

WED 9 OCT 

Spell of autumnal weather of bright periods , heavy showers with a F7 WSW wind continues.

Seawatch from flats 09.00- 10.30 - 95GANNET , 16 KITTIWAKE,

3 AD MED GULL , 1 F MERLIN - NW @10.30 , 1 1w COMMON GULL , 1 M COMMON SCOTER,6 SWALLOW . On the rocks 11 TURNSTONE,

8 RINGED PLOVER.

On South Huish Marsh - few birds - 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,

1 SNIPE , 1 DUNLIN , only 8 TEAL & 10 MALLARD , 1 JUV MUTE SWAN . Have never known such low numbers of Duck for October .

TUES 8 OCT 

A sunny morning with a F6 W wind .

Seawatch with Eric from the flats 09.00- 10.30 - 150 GANNET, 

8 KITTIWAKE,175 BLACK H GULL , 3 MED GULL - 2 2W, 1 1W, 

2 SKYLARK , 10 MIPIT, 11 RAZORMOT , 3 RINGED PLOVER, 

1 DUNLIN , 1 PEREGRINE .

On South Huish Marsh-5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 DUNLIN .

MON 7 OCT 

 Rain , rain and more rain , poor offshore viz , SSW F5/6 Wind .

Watched South Huish Marsh ( from the car ) 08.35- 09.15 & 10.30-11.25 - 16 TEAL , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 SNIPE, 4 DUNLIN , 3 LAPWING,

2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 75 BLACK H GULL ( + 125 in surrounding fields ) , steady passage of SWALLOW 270 ( largest flocks of 60, 50 , 40 ) also 5 SAND MARTIN .1 PEREGRINE- Over .

On the rocks / beach - 1 2W MED GULL , 3 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER , A MERLIN flew through twice chasing MIPITS , 12 OYSTERCATCHER , .

A brief watch from the car park was rewarded with a year tick - a M 

POCHARD (192 ) flew into the bay - continued SE , also 1 COMMON SCOTER.

SUN 6 OCT 

Garden Watch In sunny conditions from 07.45 - 0830 - 27 species 

2CHIFFY, 2 STONECHAT, 1 JAY,10 LONG T TIT , 3 GOLDCREST , 

1 SPRAWK , 13 SKYLARK-N .

Offshore At 09.10 - 50 GANNET , 3 KITTIWAKE, 3 RAZORMOT, 

15 SKYLARK - N 

Footbridge - 2 REED BUNTING, 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 10 SWALLOW .

On SOUTH HUISH MARSH- 700+ CANADA GOOSE ( an unfortunate site record ) , 1 GREYLAG GOOSE , 2 DUNLIN, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,2 WHEATEAR .

South Milton Village- BARN OWL 

 

SAT 5 OCT 

A cloudy morning with light drizzle, no wind . In view of the conditions decided to do a viz mig/ passarine watch in the fields behind the Church and local gardens - 31 species recorded inc -

75 ALBA WAGTAIL ,62 MIPIT , 7 SKYLARK, 25 LINNET , 8 CIRL BUNTING,8 ROBIN , 8 BLACKBIRD,11 CHAFFINCH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 3 COAL TIT , 5 LONG T TIT, 5 GOLDCREST , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 2 SWALLOW , 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 1W MED GULL .

Late afternoon with Eric & Roger At South Huish Marsh - 

8 DUNLIN , 8 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT,

2 SNIPE  , 1 2W MED GULL , 20 TEAL , 1 WHEATEAR.

Of interest the GOLDCREST were the 100 th specie on the patch for October 

FRI 4 OCT 

morning of sunny period with a F7/8+ W wind , very rough seas .

Only place to put up. The scope was behind the flats , Seawatch from 08.45 -10. 45 not as good as expected - 400 GANNET ,

135 KITTIWAKE, 4 MED GULL -SE , 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER-NW , 

1 COMMON SCOTER -NW , 2 RAZORMOT -SE.

OnSouth Huish Marsh- Amongst a flock of 200+ BLACK H GULL were - 7 MED GULL , 2 COMON GULL , 1 LESSER B B GULL , 15 GREAT B B GULL . 1 LITTLE GREBE , 2 DUNLIN , 8 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, TEAL & MALLARD .

Of interest whilst in Kingsbridge Eric had a M BLACK REDSTART .

 

THURS 3 OCT 

A morning with sunny periods, wind F5/6 W .Seawatchfrom car park - 08.45-11.15 - 50GANNET, 35 KITTIWAKE, 3 MED GULL (2ad 1 2W ) 1ARCTIC SKUA DP - NW , 45 RAZORMOT -SE, 32 COMMON SCOTER -SE , 25 SKYLARK, 55 MIPIT, 4 SWALLOW .

At 10.45 2 DB BRENT GOOSE flew into the Bay from East, landed on the sea .

Eric watching briefly from the Green Hut had 2 ARCTIC SKUA and a BONXIE . Around the Golf Course and gardens near the church - 

5 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 WHEATEAR, 1 WHINCHAT, 1 SPOT FLY 

 

WED 2 OCT 

A sunny and calm day - time for a viz mig walk around the Golf Course starting at the back of the church At 08.20 - 2 CHIFFY , 

6 PIED WAGTAIL , CIRL BUNTING, 20 SKYLARK, 210 MIPIT, 41 SWALLOW ,1 M WHINCHAT , 2 WHEATEAR, 10 LINNET , 12 STONECHAT. No waders on Yarmer Beach .

Seawatch from Big Green Hut - 09.30-10.15- 100 GANNET , 80 KITTIWAKE, 3 RAZORMOT.

A walk around South Milton Ley- 11.00-12.15 - 110 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 JAY, 6 CHIFFY, 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 2 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, WATER RAIL , 3 RAVEN , 1AD MED GULL , 1M YELLOWHAMMER .

From a very flooded South Efford Marsh Eric reports -

2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 4 GREENSHANK, 5 REDSHANK , 2 DUNLIN,

CURLEW , 2 KINGFISHER, 1 JUV SHELDUCK .

At South Huish Marsh Andy Smith Reports - 6 MED GULL ( 3ad , 2 2W , 1 1w ), 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL 

 

 

TUES 1 OCT 

After another wet and windy night morning Started cloudy with a heavy shower at 10.00 - sunny periods later . An interesting morning particularly on South Huish Marsh .

A 40 min Garden Watch from 07.30 produced 25 species inc - 

3 CHIFFY , 1 SPRAWK , RAVEN , HERON 

Seawatch from car park 08.50- 10.00 joined by visiting birder Andy 

(from Cheltenham ) - first Record was a GREY PLOVER ( on the beach ) , 300 GANNET , 150 KITTIWAKE , 1AD MED GULL , 1 COMMON TERN , later 2 COMMIC TERN - SE , 5 ARCTIC SKUA plus 2 more at 11.45 , the latter attacked a PEREGRINE flying SE ( never seen that before )

Andy had started his walk at the fields behind the church where he found 3 CIRL BUNTING & a M BLACKCAP .

Walked Over to South Huish Marsh when the heavy shower drenched us , however amongst a flock of 60 BLACK HEADED GULL ON THE MARSH WERE AN AD SANDWICH TERN & a BLACK TERN ( 191) - could be a first record for the Marsh , my last record was offshore in Aug 2014 . The Gulls were spooked and when settled again the TERNS were missing - on view for around 10 mins .

The Gull flock increased to 150 and contained 16 MED GULL ( 6ad , 

5 2W , 5 1w ) , 26 TEAL , 1 F SHOVELER , 4 CHIFFY , 4 STONECHAT , 

2 SKYLARK , 60 MIPIT .12 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 

On the rocks at 11.30 - 3 SANDWICH TERN , 3 MED GULL ( 2ad, 1 1w )

By the footbridge a F REED BUNTING .

17.00 - Marsh / Rocks - 2 DUNLIN, 2 TURNSTONE, 6 SWALLOW , 

2 SANDWICH TERN , 1 2W MED GULL .

Late News from James Watching At Hope Cove 08.45-11.45 

20 ARCTIC SKUA , 1 POMARINE SKUA (SE @ 11.20), 1 LITTLE TERN, SANDWICH TERN , COMMIC TERN 

Record shots of the BLACK TERN 

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 

Alan’s photos of the WOOD SANDPIPER with WHIMBREL 

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