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 JANUARY review in the section headed 

2021 Monthly  Review 

ROSS'S GULL 

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 .

SUN 28 FEB 

Another sunny morning with a cool F 5/6 ENE wind - lots of visitors in the car parks 

45 min seawatch - 151 GANNET -SE , 3 FULMAR, 38 RAZORMOT 

7 CORMORANT, 2 SHAG , 14 BLACK H GULL .

On South Huish Marsh-

Duck etc - 42 TEAL , 20 WIGEON, 1 SHELDUCK, 1 COOT , 2 AD MUTE SWAN , 2 HERON 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Waders - 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 11 SNIPE .

GULLS - 20 BLACK H GULL , 2 AD MED GULL , 100 HERRING GULL, 

6 GREAT B B GULL 

Around the marsh 20 MIPIT 

FRI 26 FEB 

Hard frost early morning, sunny and calm - very Spring like .

On South Huish Marsh- 30 WIGEON, 50 TEAL , 2 SNIPE , 1 CURLEW, 

15 BLACK H GULL ,20 MIPIT, 1 WATER PIPIT, 2 STONECHAT, 

amongst around 10 PIED WAGTAIL the first WHITE WAGTIL ( 120 ) 

of the year .

Surprisingly the only offshore record was 1 CORMORANT ! 
Around the Huxton Cross area -2 GREAT SP WOODY , 20 SKYLARK ( many singing ) , 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 60 LINNET , 2 CHAFFINCH, 1 KESTREL.

Late report of the KNOT on the Marsh this afternoon 
 

THURS 25 FEB

Only report today was from North Marsh At Aveton Gifford this morning - a SPOONBILL 

WED 24 FEB 

Overcast morning with a few light showers, wind S F6 .

Offshore - 8 GANNET , 4 KITTIWAKE, 40 BLACK H GULL , 52 HERRING GULL, 8 GREAT B B GULL4 SHAG .

Rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 TURNSTONE, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 LITTLE EGRET 

On South Huish Marsh- 55 WIGEON, 55 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER, 

1 LITTLE GREBE, 65 BLACK H GULL , 3 AD MED GULL ,

Report from Hatch Bridge - 1 M GOOSANDER ( 119 ) 2 GREEN SANDPIPER, 

Tidal Road - 1 DB BRENT GOOSE 

Fields near South Milton Ley this morning a BARN OWL , yesterday 

evening a TAWNY OWL calling 

TUES 23 FEB 

Cloudy morning , rough seas , wind S F7/8 

Offshore - 20 GANNET -SE, 1 FULMAR, 1 BLACK T DIVER - SE @ -9.48 , 3 SHAG , 4 CORMORANT 

Rocks - 10 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 

1 LITTLE EGRET.

South Huish Marsh - 

Ducks etc- 60 WIGEON, 45 TEAL , 3 M 1 F SHOVELER, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 2 COOT 

Waders - 27 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 KNOT .

GULLS - 35 BLACK H GULL, 4 AD MED GULL , 50 HERRING GULL, 

10. LESSER B B GULL , 4 GREAT B B GULL , 1 AD KITTIWAKE ( don't often see sat on the lake )

MON 22 FEB 

 A Spring like day - sunny mild and a light S breeze  great offshore viz unfortunately very few birds .

On the scrape next to my garden - 6 MALLARD , 3 TEAL, 1 WATER RAIL .

OFFSHORE/ ROCKS- 40 GREAT B B GULL , 260 1W &2W HERRING GULL- S , 3 BLACK H GULL , 10 CORMORANT, 3 SHAG, 1 RED T DIVER 

3 RAZORMOT-SE , 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 

2 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh- Ducks - 70 WIGEON, 55 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK 

5M 1F SHOVELER.

Waders - 27 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 KNOT .

Gulls - 220 BLACK H GULL , 2AD 1 2W MED GULL, 1 2W COMMON GULL 

1 RAVEN - over

Aveton Gifford garden - 6 SISKIN 

SUN 21 FEB 

Another cloudy morning with rain ana a light SSE breeze .

On the scrape outside my garden - 3 MALLARD , 2 M 1 F TEAL , 

2 HERON 

On South Huish Marsh- 

Ducks etc - 65 WIGEON, 70 TEAL, 1 SHELDUCK, 5M 2F SHOVELER, 2 COOT , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Waders- 28 OYSTERCATCHER, 14 SNIPE, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN.

Gulls - 60 BLACK HEADED GULL , 1 AD 1 2W MED GULL , 30 HERRING GULL.

SAT 20 FEB 

Another wet day - main interest was on the scrape outside my garden at 09.00 - 6 MALLARD , 1 M TEAL , 1M WIGEON (60 ) 

An addition to my lockdown list - they have to be recorded from my garden .

At Aveton Gifford gardens - 1F BLACK REDSTART, BLACKCAP, 

REED BUNTING 

FRI 19 FEB 

Not the deluge we were told to expect - cloudy , dry until 11.30 

F6/7 S wind .

Offshore - 14 GANNET , 1M 1F RED BREASTED MERGANSER- SE (118), 2 GREAT N DIVER - SE, 115 HERRING GULL , 100 BLACK HEADED GULL, 1 MED GULL AD -3 GREAT B B GULL - all gulls moving SE in regular small groups , 4 SHAG.

Rocks - 16 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 RINGED PLOVER .

South Huish Marsh- noticeable reduction in Duck numbers - 

105 WIGEON, 30 TEAL , 4M 2F SHOVELER, 3 COOT , 3 LITTLE EGRET.

Waders - 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 KNOT, 1 DUNLIN , 5 LAPWING 

Gulls -120 HERRING GULL, 10 LESSER B B GULL , 6 GREAT B B GULL , 60 BLACK HEADED GULL, 3 MED GULL ( 1 ad , 1 1w , 1 2W )

Misc - 1 PEREGRINE, 30 MIPIT .

At Aveton Gifford- 4 JAY, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 F BLACK REDSTART 

THURS 18 FEB 

Sunny morning with a brisk F5/6 W wind - rough seas .

Offshore - good viz , 57 GANNET , 7 KITTIWAKE, 1 AD MED GULL , 

38 RAZORMOT-SE 

On South Huish Marsh- 

Ducks etc - 175 WIGEON, 90 TEAL, 4M 1F SHOVELER, 4 COOT , 

1 LITTLE GREBE, 3 LITTLE EGRET.1 KINGFISHER, 

Waders - 30 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 3 DUNLIN, 

1 KNOT , 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 4 LAPWING, 8 SNIPE.

Gulls - 60 BLACK HEADED GULL, 7 AD 2 2W MED GULL , 120 HERRING GULL, 11 LESSER B B GULL , 6 GREAT B B GULL 

Misc - 7 RAVEN over NNW . 1 F BLACK REDSTART 

WED 17 FEB 

Cloudy morning, Misty offshore, rain from 11.30, wind SW F 4 

OFFSHORE - 3 GANNET, 5 KITTIWAKE, 1 GREAT N DIVER - SE , 

1 RED T DIVER -SE , 4 SHAG .

South Huish Marsh-

Ducks etc - WIGEON & TEAL ( not counted ), 2 SHELDUCK, 

4M 3F SHOVELER, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 4 COOT , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Waders - 29 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 5 DUNLIN , 

8 LAPWING, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 11 SNIPE , 1 KNOT 

GULLS - 140 HERRING GULL, 40 LESSER B B GULL , 10 GREAT B B GULL, 90 BLACK H GULL, 12 AD 3 2W MED GULL .

TUES 16 FEB 

 After o/night rain a cloudy morning , offshore visability not good , SW F4 wind .

Another poor morning offshore - 3 GANNET , 4 SHAG , 14 KITTIWAKE -SE ( 4 first winter - not had any of these for some time ) , 2 AD MED GULL - SE . Flock of 80 WIGEON on sea - even more on the marsh than recent days .

On South Huish Marsh- apart from 7 RINGED PLOVER all the small waders have moved on , 30 OYSTERCATCHER, 20 LAPWING , 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 SNIPE . 

160 WIGEON , 110 TEAL , 7 SHOVELER ( 4 M ) , 3 SHELDUCK. 

3 COOT , 3 LITTLE EGRET, PEREGRINE - over .

Increase in GULLS - 250 HERRING GULL , 55 LESSER B B GULL , 20 GREAT B B GULL , 150 BLACK H GULL , 15 MED GULL ( 11 ad , 2 2W  

2 1w ) 2 1w COMMON GULL .

Report from Tidal Rd - LESSER YELLOWLEGS , 40 LAPWING, 

1 F BLACK REDSTART, BARN OWL 

 

MON 15 FEB 

Mild at last , started cloudy with blue skies from 10.30 , light SW F4

wind .

Very little activity offshore - just 3 GANNET 11 KITTIWAKE.

On South Huish Marsh- 6DB BRENT GOOSE- After 2 fights around the Bay they eventually flew off SSE at 11.0- .

105 TEAL , 125 WIGEON , 4 M 2F SHOVELER, 32 DUNLIN , 8 RINGED PLOVER, 10 SNIPE, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 KNOT, 56 LAPWING 

28 OYSTERCATCHER 

Amongst the Gulls - 3 AD MED GULL , 65 BLACK HEADED ( first one in full summer plumage) 14 LESSER B B , 6 GREAT B B , 250 HERRING ,.

1 KINGFISHER, 3 SONG THRUSH, 1 SPRAWK ( flew past me down the lane only 2 foot away ) 

Finally on the scrape next to my garden at 08.15- 2 LITTLE EGRET, 

2 TEAL , 2 HERON , ALSO 4 BLACKBIRD , 2 CHAFFINCH .

MED GULL , BRENT GOOSE - photos from this morning 

 

SUN 14 FEB 

A cloudy morning.  Light showers, wind S F8 .

Offshore - 66 GANNET , 1 FULMAR, 2 KITTIWAKE , 1 1W COMMON GULL,

South Huish Marsh - Waders - 30 DUNLIN , 6 RINGED PLOVER, 1 GOLDEN PLOVER, 55 LAPWING , 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 KNOT , 

31 OYSTERCATCHER, 5 SNIPE 

130 WIGEON, 65 TEAL, 3M 2F SHOVELER, 3 COOT, 2 AD MED GULL , 

45 GREAT B B GULL , 10 LESSER B B GULL , 10 BLACK H GULL , 10 STARLING , 12 STOCK DOVE.

At Aveton Gifford - 2 WOODCOCK ( 117 ) ,1 F BLACK REDSTART 

Yesterday on South Huish Marsh a WATER PIPIT , On Tidal Rd 

LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

FRI 12 FEB 

Cloudy cold strongest wind of the week - ESE 8/9 .

Very little offshore apart from P & O VENTURA  and 3 GANNET , 1 FULMAR , 1 GREAT N DIVER - SE 

On South Huish Marsh - increase in Duck - 240 WIGEON , 65 TEAL, 

1 M PINTAIL , 3 M 1 F SHOVELER, 23 DUNLIN , 6 RINGED PLOVER, 18 LAPWING, 1 GOLDEN PLOVER, 30 SNIPE, 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 

3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 SANDERLING , 1 KNOT, 1 F BLACK 

REDSTART .

Highlight along the Tidal Road this morning- a SPOONBILL (flew down the estuary  116 ) 

THURS 11 FEB 

Another cloudy very cold morning with a F8 ESE wind .

Offshore - 47 GANNET, 3 FULMAR - SE, 2 KITTIWAKE, 3 SHAG, 

1 GREAT N DIVER - NW , 6 DB BRENT GOOSE - around the rocks , 

1 TURNSTONE .

On South Huish Marsh- 30 DUNLIN ( new winter day record ) , 

14 LAPWING, 31 SNIPE, 8 GOLDEN PLOVER , 7 RINGED PLOVER, 

15 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 GREY PLOVER, 

3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 SANDERLING, 160 WIGEON, 40 TEAL , 

2 SHOVELER, 1M 1F PINTAIL , 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 1 FIELDFARE.

Ringing recovery - SEGRE WARBLER ringed S. Milton Ley 18/5/19 

recovered 30/8/20 at Asturias S-aim ( near San Sebastián ) 

WED 10 FEB 

Cold weather continues with a bitterly cold ENE F5 /6 wind - further evidence of cold weather wader movement .

Offshore - 18 GANNET, 1 GREAT N DIVER -on sea , 1 RED T DIVER - SE, 5 RAZORBILL - on sea, 3 BRENT GOOSE -DB on rocks with another on sea then flying off NW , 3 SHAG, 

10 TURNSTONE - on rocks , waders in off the sea 2 LAPWING 

1 BAR TAILED GODWIT ( 115 )  - later seen on the marsh .

On South Huish Marsh- 100+ WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER 4 COOT .

Impressive wader flocks - 2 flocks of GOLDEN PLOVER goal at least 170 , 20 LAPWING + another 70 flew N , 12 DUNLIN , 8 RINGED PLOVER, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

1 GREY PLOVER , 1 SANDERLING, 11 SNIPE .

1 F BLACK REDSTART by the car park .

Along the lanes - 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 2 REDWING .

Report from Tidal Road - LESSER YELLOWLEGS- still , GREENSHANK , REDSHANK, 20 DUNLIN , 1 F BLACK REDSTART.

Thurlestone Marsh - 2 HERON, 1 BUZZARD , 2- MIPIT , 1 REDWING 

Some photos of the GOLDEN PLOVER on the 2021 Birds photo page 

TUES 9 FEB 

Another very cold day , light snow showers, ENE wind F 7/8 

more evidence of wader movement 

Offshore - 65 GANNET, 1 GREAT N DIVER -on sea , 8 WIGEON- on sea, 

2 M COMMON SCOTER - NW , 3 SHAG, 1 RAZORMOT- on sea, 13 RAZORMOT- SE 

On rocks - 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE 

On South Huish Marsh-,175 WIGEON, 35 TEAL, 1 F PINTAIL, 3 COOT , at 11.15 5 BRENT GOOSE DB flew in off sea , 

Waders - 12 DUNLIN , 18 SNIPE, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING

1 LAPWING, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 GREY PLOVER ( 114 ) 

Report from Aveton Gifford- LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREENSHANK , REDSHANK, 10 DUNLIN 

Surprise visitor in the Bay - Cunards QUEEN VICTORIA - must have been rough in Torbay 

MON 8 FEB 

Although sunny very cold with a NE F7/8 wind - some interesting 

wader records 

Offshore- 11 GANNET 1 SHAG , notable passage of gulls west , in an hour 265 HERRING GULL , 13 GREAT B B GULL , Report from Hope of

The White GREAT N DIVER flying across the Bay ( previously reported from the Kingsbridge Est ), also plent of KITTIWAKE .

1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE ( 111 ) IN NICE SUMMER PLUMAGE in the Bay at 11.50 

On the rocks 19 OYSTERCATCHER.

Record day winter totals of 19 DUNLIN ( 112) and  6 KNOT (113) all flying in off the sea - previous Feb max were 2 And 1 .

On South Huish Marsh- 100 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 3 COOT, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 DB BRENT GOOSE, 14 SNIPE , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 F BLACK REDSTART. Amongst the HERRING GULL WERE 11 LESSER B B GULL , only 5 BLACK H GULL .

Report from Aveton Gifford- 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 20 LAPWING 

SUN 7 FEB 

A sunny frost free morning with an E 5/6 wind .

Offshore - 8 GANNET , 2 RED T DIVER & 1 GREATN DIVER -on sea , 

2 KITTIWAKE, 1 FULMAR -NW , 7 RAZORMOT- on sea , 5 SHAG .

On South Huish Marsh- 100 WIGEON , 30 TEAL, 2 COOT, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 21 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RAVEN 

Along Tidal Road - LESSER YELLOWLEGS still , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER. 

SAT 6 FEB

Sat in the garden late morning , very pleasant in winter sunshine .

20 MIPIT, 2 BULLFINCH, 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 WATER RAIL , 1 RAVEN - 59 , 1 BRENT GOOSE 

Lockdown tick 59 

 

FRI 5 FEB 

After a sunny start rain set in from 10.15

Offshore - 7 GANNET, 3 KITTIWAKE, 4 AD MED GULL -SE , 

1 RED T DIVER -NW , 6 WIGEON , 3 SHAG , 53 RAZORMOT-SE .

On rocks - 12 TURNSTONE.

On South Huish Marsh - 125 WIGEON , 30 TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 

1 COOT , 41 OYSTERCATCHER, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 3 SNIPE, 

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 LITTLE EGRET.

At 16.45-17.15 Thurlestone Marsh- Great views of the BARN OWL , 

1 WATER RAIL , 1 JAY , 5 TEAL, 3 SNIPE 

Photo of BARN OWL below 

THURS 4 FEB 

Started with some bright periods but heavy rain set in from 11.00

F3/4 S wind 

Offshore - 20 GANNET , 4 RED T DIVER-NW , 1 RAZORBILL- on sea , 

3 ad MED GULL -SE, 3 SHAG .

On South Huish Marsh- WIGEON & TEAL ( not counted ) , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 31 OYSTERCATCHER, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 KESTREL, 2 COOT. 1F BLACK REDSTART.

Amongst over 500 HERRING GULL were 36 LESSER B B GULL .

Late afternoon whilst talking on the phone to Eric a JAY flew past my window , followed a few minutes later by a BARN OWL - went up on to the balcony and watched it for 45 mins hunting over the marsh - only the 5 garden record in the 12+ years we have lived here- also it flushed at least 30 SNIPE & 3 TEAL.

Lockdown tick 58 .

 

WED 3 FEB 

Sunny periods morning with a W4 wind .

On the scrape next to my garden - 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 TEAL , 

10 MALLARD , a SPRAWK sat on the fence . 
Offshore - 10 GANNET , 2 AD MED GULL -SE , 3 SHAG .

South Huish Marsh - 140 WIGEON, 40 TEAL, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 

6 RINGED PLOVER, 31 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE, 1 BLACK 

TAILED GODWIT, 1 RAVEN , 1 WATER PIPIT, 21 LESSER B B GULL , 6 GREAT B 

An interesting ringing control from Alan Pomroy - A CHIFFCHAFF 

ringed at S M Ley on4 Aug 2020 controlled on 16 Oct 2020 at 

La Rochelle France 

TUES 2 FEB 

Started cloudy, bright periods from 10.00, wind SW F5/6.

Very little offshore , only logged - 1 FULMAR -SE , 2 KITTIWAKE, 4 SHAG, around 10.30 180 WIGEON flew off the marsh onto the sea , at least 50 still on the marsh .

Also on South Huish Marsh - 40TEAL , 6 SHOVELER, 1 SHELDUCK, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 1 KINGFISHER, amongst the GULLS - 50 BLACK HEADED, 2 MED GULL (1AD 1 2W ), 23 GREAT B B GULL, 7 LESSER BB GULL, 1 PEREGRINE ( 109 ), 28  OYSTERCATCHER ( also 28 on Yarmer Beach ) 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 

4 SNIPE.

At Huxton Cross area - 125 SKYLARK, 1 KESTREL, 1 REED BUNTING , 10 STOCK DOVE , 2 RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE ( 110 ).

Late afternoon report from Aveton Gifford- COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, 15 FIELDFARE, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 6 BULLFINCH , 1 M MANDARIN, 

LESSER YELLOWLEGS , GREENSHANK, REDSHANK 

Reports of LAPWING OVER THE TIDAL ROAD - YESTREDAY a flock of 70 , today 38 

MON 1 FEB 

After a very wet w/end only a slight improvement this morning , poor viz offshore , light ENE breeze . 
Reports received for today - 

From my balcony - 2 LITTLE EGRET, 3 HERON, 15 SNIPE, 13 GREENFINCH, 5 CHAFFINCH, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 

1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 100 + BLACK H GULL.

South Huish Marsh- 27 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

19 SNIPE, 145 WIGEON, 35 TEAL, 4 SHELDUCK, 1 SHOVELER, 

3 AD MUTE SWAN ( flew off W @ 10.45 ) 3 DB BRENT GOOSE flew in at 10.40 only stayed 5 min ( 1 bird larger than the others with a large crescent shaped white collar- they flew off before I could have a more detailed look - back looked black - a possible BLACK BRANT ? ), 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 3 STONECHAT, 60 MIPIT ( 2 flocks flew N of 40 & 20 )1 SONG THRUSH, 1 KINGFISHER, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 

2 AD MED GULL .first COOT (108 ) of the year .

South Milton Ley ,1 BARN OWL , 1 SNIPE , 1 JACK SNIPE ( by footbridge ) , 15/20 CHIFFCHAFF, 3 LONG T TIT , 2 GOLDCREST, 

1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 WATER RAIL 3 SONG THRUSH.

On Yarmer Beach 20 TURNSTONE 

Huxton Cross area- 40 LINNET, 20 SKYLARK, 20 REDWING , 

Large flock in fields of 2000 CORVIDS - 50% JACKDAW , 30 % ROOK , 20% CROW, 2 STARLING , 

At Aveton Gifford 2 F BLACK REDSTART 

AT time of this post - 17.00 64 species recorded today .
 

SAT 30 JAN - 

Cloudy with rain sitting in from 10.30 - as it is RSPB garden watch w/end spent an hour up to 10 45 on my balcony - 29 species logged 

inc - 10 GREENFINCH , 5 CHAFFINCH, 2 GOLDFINCH, 10 BLACKBIRD 

2 SONG THRUSH, 2 GREEN WOODPECKER, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER. 2 HERON , 9 MALLARD , 1 WATER RAIL, 1 JAY, 

11 MIPIT , 2 STONECHAT, 1 STARLING , 1 KESTREL 

Early post as we go for our COVID-19 jabs at Ashburton for 18.00 

FRI 29 JAN 

Amorning that went from low cloud and drizzle to very sunny by 10.30 Gale F8+ W wind .

Best bird of the morning - a LITTLE EGRET feeding outside my bedroom window at 08.15 - lockdown no 57 

On the rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 RINGED PLOVER, 8 TURNSTONE.

On South Huish Marsh - 135 WIGEON, 45 TEAL , 4 SHOVELER, 1 SHELDUCK, 10 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

4 SNIPE , amongst 150 HERRING GULL- 22 LESSER B B GULL & 10

GREAT B B GULL .

Report from the tidal road - LESSER YELLOWLEGS still, 3 GREENSHANK , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER.

THURS 28 JAN 

After a Misty start a few sunny periods with a SW F 6 wind .

Offshore - 30 GANNET -NW, 1 FULMAR - SE, 1 KITTIWAKE-NW, 

On sea - 220 WIGEON , 5 RAZORBILL 

On rocks - 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 11 TURNSTONE, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

2 RAVEN .

On South Huish Marsh- 46 WIGEON, 40 TEAL, 6 SHOVELER, 

2 LITTLE GREBE, 3 SNIPE, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 

In field near Churchstow roundabout- 8 LAPWING, 25/30 GOLDEN 

PLOVER .

On roof of the pub at Aveton Gifford- 2 F BLACK REDSTART.

WED 27 JAN 

A foggy day with very limited visibility- most of the day I cannot see the fields on the far side of Thurlestone marsh .

Short visit to South Huish Marsh this morning- 135 WIGEON, 

55 TEAL , 5M 3F SHOVELER , 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 19 SNIPE.

Report from Hope Cove Wood of 3 FIRECREST , GREAT SP WOODY .

At Aveton Gifford F BLACK REDSTART. also near Hatch Bridge 

3 GREEN SANDPIPER ( 107 ) .

TUES 26 JAN 

A day of low cloud, heavy showers , wind SW 5/7 .

Short visit to South Huish Marsh - 135 WIGEON, 25 TEAL , 

1 M SHOVELER, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 

31 SNIPE, 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 AD MED GULL, 1 SHELDUCK (106) 

Offshore - 4 RED THROATED DIVER, 6 GANNET, 3 RAZORBILL , 1 AD MED GULL , 2 FULMAR -SE, 4 SHAG, 

On the rocks - 10 TURNSTONE, 2 OYSTERCATCHER.

 

MON 25 JAN 

After a hard o/night frost a sunny and calm morning . 
At the Huxton Cross area - 15 LINNET., 25 SKYLARK, 8 DUNNOCK, 6 CHAFFINCH, 8 REED BUNTING , 11 MAGPIE. In a field with large herd of cattle 3 EGRETS when checked through a scope were LITTLE .

Nearby Upton Cross - 35 STARLING, 30 FIELDFARE, 25 REDWING, 2 JAY 

South Huish Marsh still 50% frozen- 60 WIGEON, 20 TEAL, 8 SHOVELER ( 5M ) 8 RINGED PLOVER, 16 SNIPE, 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 2 LITTLE EGRET.

On the sea - 70 WIGEON, 5 MALLARD , 5 SHAG , 10 RAZORBILL, 

1 RED THROATED DIVER.

At Aveton Gifford an increase in birds around gardens noted - many CHIFFCHAFF, 3 BLACKCAP, 4 SONG THRUSH, 10/12 BLACKCAP, 1 GREY WAGTAIL 

Report from South Milton Ley - MERLIN, CHIFFCHAFF, GOLDCREST 
 

SUN 24 JAN

Only rain o/night here no frost , showers and sunny periods this morning , light N W breeze .

Decided my birding 'tis morning would from my balcony - really enjoyable 90 mins from 10.00 with a year tick and 5 lockdown ticks .36 species logged inc M BLACKCAP (year tick & 52 ) , 1 F TEAL ( 53 ) cracking FIRECREST ( 54 ), 5 FIELDFARE ( 55 ) 3 SKYLARK ( 56 ) 

also - 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 WATER RAIL, 2 REDWING , 1 SONG THRUSH , 1 GREEN WOODY, 2 F STONECHAT, 9 GREENFINCH, 

1 JAY .

From South Milton Ley ,-BARN OWL calling at dawn 

Tidal Rd - REDSHANK , FIRECREST, MISTLE THRUSH 

Huxton Cross area - 100 + SKLARK , Large flock of YELLOWHAMMER & REED BUNTING.

SAT 23 JAN 

A nice winter morning - sunny calm conditions.

An hours watch from my balcony 11.00-12.00 produced 27 species inc - 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 GREEN WOODY, 1 JAY, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 1 F SISKIN ( 104 ), 4 GREENFINCH, 2 CHAFFINCH, 

1 SONG THRUSH, KESTREL , 2 BUZZARD 

A report of a large flock of Finches/ Buntings at the field by the

Bridlepath at Huxton Cross - 50 YELLOWHAMMER, 30 REED BUNTING , 2 CIRL BUNTING. 1 F BRAMBLING, 50 SKYLARK, also around 20 STOCK DOVE.

At South Milton Ley - CHIFFCHAFF, FIRECREST, CIRL BUNTING 

& MISTLE THRUSH, SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (105) , late evening BARN OWL calling

FRI 22 JAN 

A hard frost followed by a calm sunny morning.

Walked around the Huxton Cross fields - 9 SONG THRUSH, 2 M REED BUNTING, 4 YELLOWHAMMER, 5 CHAFFINCH , 1 M BRAMBLING (102), 45 LINNET , 60 SKYLARK .

On South Huish Marsh reports confirm- 150 + WIGEON , 60 TEAL , 4 M 2 F SHOVELER, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 22 SNIPE, 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 30 OYSTERCATCHER, Only 60 BLACK H GULL, 3 COMMON GULL.

Report from South Milton Ley of a mixed flock of birds in field by the ruined cottage contained, CIRL BUNTING, REED BUNTING, 

YELLOWHAMMER, CHAFFINCH, MISTLE THRUSH, SONG THRUSH 

At Aveton Gifford reports of - BULLFINCH , REED BUNTING, 

GREY WAGTAIL , F BLACK REDSTART.

Report received of a FULMAR (103) in the Bay yesterday 

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 

CREAM SPOTTED TIGER , PIED FLYCATCHER, WHINCHAT - 

19 MAY 2020

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 

Colour ringed RINGED PLOVER at South Huish Marsh 16 Feb 

also what is now a lake 

Record shots of EGYPTIAN GOOSE , EIDER , GREEN WINGED TEAL 

TAKEN IN S E CORNWALL 8 JAN 2020

Recent shots - RINGED PLOVER , BLACK H GULL , GANNETS 

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 

Record shot of this mornings MARSH HARRIER taken by Richie Moore 

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 !

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

FOR A CLEARER IMAGE PRESS ON THE PHOTO 

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