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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2019 Monthly  Review 

SUN 17 NOV 

A sunny morning after early cloud , only a light NE breeze .

South Huish Marsh- -9.20-11.00.- 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

7 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 DUNLIN , 3 RINGED PLOVER, 8 SNIPE.

15 MALLARD , 50 TEAL , 55 WIGEON, 1 F SHOVELER, BLACK SWAN , 2 WATER PIPIT, 1 GOLDCREST.

On the rocks- 9 RINGED PLOVER, 8 TURNSTONE, .

IN the Bay - 115 GANNET , 10 KITTIWAKE, 1 RED T DIVER- SE 

1 BLACK T DIVER ( flew around the bay then SE )

Short visit to South Milton Ley - 20+ CHIFFY, 5 GOLDCREST , 1 FIRECREST,2 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 GREY WAGTAIL.

ON South Efford Marsh - 2DB  BRENT GOOSE ( scarce here ) , 

1 FIRECREST - in the lane .

At the back of the Golf Course John had 3 GREY PARTRIDGE 

FRI 15 NOV 

A sunny morning with a clear horizon , F3/4 N wind , cold .

A 2hour Seawatch from 09.15 by the flats interesting - totals -

150+ GANNET , 10 RAZORMOT-SE , 1 RED T DIVER - on sea 09.30, 

1 GREAT N DIVER - SE @10.55, 1 GREAT C GREBE -on sea from 10.45 , 2 BALEARIC SHEARWATER -on sea then flew SE@ 10.24 , 

2M COMMON SCOTER-NW , 2F SE 

On the rocks 10OYSTERCATCHER , 10 TURNSTONE, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 2 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh -8 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 SNIPE , 1 DUNLIN, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 30 TEAL , 25 WIGEON , BLACK SWAN -still , 1 F SHOVELER.

On South Efford marsh Eric reports 70 + TEAL , 1 SNIPE 

THURS 14 NOV 

Cloudy morning with rain showers , N wind F2-4 feeling cold .

Woke up to slight covering of snow ! 
Seawatch 08.50- 10.00 - 70 GANNET , 5 RAZORMOT , livened up with a GREAT N DIVER ( NW @ -9.40 ) & a RED T DIVER ( on the sea @ 09.45 ) 

On South Huish Marsh -40 TEAL , 35 WIGEON , 1 F SHOVELER, 

2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE , 1 LITTLE GREBE. BLACK SWAN.
 

TUES 12 NOV 

Another very quiet day with sunny periods and a F6 increasing 8 

NW wind .

An hours seawatch from -9.00 - only 7 GANNET and 46 RAZORMOT .

On South Huish Marsh - 9 SNIPE , 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

31 WIGEON , 25 TEAL , 1 F SHOVELER , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 

BLACK SWAN still 

At Aveton Gifford Eric had a FIRECREST and a SIBERIAN CHIFFY 

MON 11 NOV 

Sunny periods , heavy showers from 11.00 , NW F5 wind .

Very quiet morning - Seawatch from 09.00-10.30 - 40 GANNET , 

11 RAZORMOT, 9 KITTIWAKE , a large feeding flock of GULLS included- 650HERRING , 130 BLACK HEADED , 15 GREAT B BACKED.

2 RAVEN 

On South Huish Marsh - 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 SNIPE , 25 WIGEON , 25 TEAL , BLACK SWAN , 1 F SHOVELER , 1 WATER PIPIT .

SUN 10 NOV 

A morning of sunny periods with a cold NE F4 wind .

Arrived at South Huish Marsh at -9.30 - 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,

3 SNIPE , TEAL WIGEON , BLACK SWAN .2 flocks of WOOD PIGEON flying N at 11.30 totalled 1300 

Late afternoon Alan reports a WHEATEAR and 1 WATER PIPIT 

Seawatch from 10.00-11.30 - 40 GANNET , 5 RAZORMOT, 1 DUNLIN , 2 GREAT N DIVER - ( 1 SE @ 10.05 , 1 in from W flew around and returned W ) 1 1w MED GULL , 2 F EIDER ( 199 ) -SE @ 10.20 .

FRI 8 NOV- Patch life tick !

Amorning of cloud with sunny periods later , a F3 NE wind .

Seawatch from the carpark 08.50 - 10.20 -

Bird of the day flew NW at 09.15 a M SURF SCOTER ( 198 ) in company with a M COMMON SCOTER - this could be a patch first .

A total of 3 M COMMON SCOTER ., 17 WIGEON , 30 RAZORMOT, 

1 GREAT N DIVER - SE , 2 RED T DIVER- 1 NW & 1 on the sea 

At South Huish Marsh - 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 11 SNIPE , 

24 WIGEON , 25TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 3 MUTE SWAN , 

1 BLACK SWAN .

Late afternoon Pete Aley reported a CATTLE EGRET at the north end of South Efford Marsh 

16.00 A F BLACK REDSTART on my roof again 

THURS 7 NOV 

Only time for a 45 min garden watch from 07.45 - 25 species logged inc - 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 SONG THRUSH , 6 LONG T TIT, 1 SPRAWK , 35 STARLING .

Near South Milton Ley John confirms both Barn & Tawny Iwl active 

 

WED 6 NOV 

A cloudy but calm morning . 90 min seawatch from 08.30 -

14 GANNET, 126 RAZORMOT - SE , 1 GUILLEMOT -ON SEA , 3 M COMMON SCOTER - NW , 1 GREAT N DIVER - NW @ 09.50 , 1 SE @ 10.00, 10 MIPIT , 1 SONG THRUSH , 3 flocks of JACKDAW - N totalled over 400 birds .

A patch first offshore - A Condor ferry - W ( making for Falmouth for service / repairs ) 

On South Huish Marsh -10 BLACKBIRD , 2 MUTESWAN ( 1 ad ) ,

10 TEAL, 9 WIGEON , 2 LITTLE GREBE , 1 1W YELLOW L GULL , 1 AD 

MED GULL 

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 36 new birds inc - 10 CHIFFY , 

6 GOLDCREST , 3 FIRECREST , 1 MIPIT , 3 REED BUNTING .

5 WATER RAIL on site 

TUES 5 NOV 

Only time for an hours seawatch from 08.30 in nice sunny conditions with an F3/4 NW wind .

45 GANNET, 40 BLACK H GULL ( all NW well offshore in flocks of up to 20 ) , 9 RAZORMOT-SE , 1 MUTE SWAN -NW , 2 M COMMON SCOTER -SE , 6 WIGEON - on sea , 300 WOOD PIGEON -SE. 

25 SKYLARK-N , 6 MIPIT - N 

A F BLACK REDSTART again in my garden .

At South Efford Marsh this afternoon ERic reports - 

At 13.45 over north marsh a Ringtail HEN HARRIER ( 197 ), 

main marsh - 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 6 REDSHANK , 5 GREENSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 22 CURLEW , BULLFINCH ,

'NUTHATCH .

MON 4 NOV

Feeding on the Golf Course - 24 OYSTERCATCHER.

A morning of sunny periods and heavy showers with a F4/5 WNW wind .
An hours seawatch from 08.50 at the flats - 4 M COMMON SCOTER , 

3 GANNET , 5 RAZORMOT -SE , 2 WIGEON -SE , 4 SKYLARK- N 

On South Huish Marsh - the imm MARSH HARRIER on view for 10 min at 10.00, 45 TEAL, 6 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 14 , OYSTERCATCHER , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 3 SNIPE , 

2 1W MED GULL , 2 CHIFFY , , 1 CETTIS WARBLER .

At 07.50 Paul B had a SHORT EARED OWL on a post at the back of the Marsh until it was flushed by a BUZZARD .

At 13.00 in my garden a F BLACK REDSTART .

A FIRECREST at Aveton Gifford 
 

SUN 3 NOV 

A fine sunny morning with an F3 WSW breeze , joined by Rob & Steph Murphy .

Seawatch from car park - 08.50-10.10 - 62 MIPIT - N , 

20 SKYLARK -N , 1 PEREGRINE, 1 SANDERLING -W , 7 RAZORMOT,

27 GANNET .

10.10-11.55 South Huish Marsh - 9 RINGED PLOVER , 1 DUNLIN , 

2 SANDERLING, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 125 CANADA GOOSE , 1 GREY LAG GOOSE , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 3 WIGEON , 1M 1F SHOVELER , 

5 SWALLOW  ( first Nov record since 2015 ) , 2 CHIFFY, 1 F REED BUNTING, 1 MERLIN , 1 SPRAWK

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 WATER PIPIT , CURLEW, 

REDSHANK , 2 SHELDUCK , big increase in SONG THRUSH to 15 

 

Paul Rossiter reports the F MARSH HARRIER ON S H Marsh at 12.30 , also a LAPWING 

 

SAT 2 NOV

One the stormiest days for a few years - driving heavy rain, A SW F

10/11 gale. 
A visit to South Huish Marsh At 11.15 , joined by Lesley & Richie -

viewd only from the car - 9 TURNSTONE, 4 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN , 1M 2F SHOVELER , WIGEON , TEAL

A search for Petrels for an hour was unsuccessful !
 

FRI 1 NOV 

A cloudy morning with heavy rain from 11.00 , poor offshore viz , 

SW F4 increasing F6 .

Seawatch from car park 08.40- 09.50- 215GANNET -NW , 1M COMMON SCOTER -SE & 1M on the sea, 18 WIGEON -SE 

On the rocks - 11 RINGED PLOVER , 3 SANDERLING , 4 TURNSTONE,

16 OYSTERCATCHER 

On South Huish Marsh - 300 + BLACK H GULL , 17 MED GULL , 

55 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER , 17 WIGEON , A group of 6SNIPE flew in 1 of which was clearly a JACK SNIPE .

At 14.55 PAUL Rossiter photographed a F MARSH HARRIER over the Marsh 

THURS 31 OCT 

Although a morning of 100% cloud, only intermittent light drizzle

with anF2/3 NE breeze - one of the best mornings for a while .

Seawatch from the car park -8.40-10.50 - 

105 GANNET , 55 CORMORANT ( flocks of 8 and 6 with several of 3/4 mostly SE ) 1 SHAG , 4 GREAT N DIVER ( 3 on sea together at

-9.35-10.00, 1 SE at 09.45 ), 15 COMMON SCOTER ( 8, 4, 3) , 

1 m SHOVELER-SE , 14 DB BRENT GOOSE -SE @ 09.50 , a further bird on the sea which then flew SE , 1 AD MED GULL -SE 

At South Huish Marsh completely flooded following yesterday's heavy rain - looks good for winter ducks - today  - 40 TEAL , 

3 SHOVELER ( 1 juv M , 2F ) , 17 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 

18 LAPWING , 150 BLACK H GULL, 16 MED GULL (4 1w, 4 2W , 8 ad )

70 LESSER B B GULL , 2 DUNLIN , 400 STARLING , 8 LONG T TIT , 

1 GOLDCREST, 4 STONECHAT .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 60 WIGEON , 100 TEAL , 

2 REDSHANK , 3 GREENSHANK , 8 CURLEW , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 AD MED GULL , 9 LESSER B B GULL , 2 GOLDCREST. 

1 FIRECREST.

WED 30 OCT 

Back out on the patch this morning - 100% cloud with increasingly heavy rain , poor viz offshore ., started at 08.40 until 11.00 

Offshore - 22 COMMON SCOTER - landed on the sea before flying off SE , 1 CURLEW in off , 1 DB BRENT GOOSE -SE , 3 DUNLIN , 

on the rocks - 13 RINGED PLOVER , 7 TURNSTONE .

On South Huish Marsh - 55 TEAL , 4 DUNLIN , 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 40 LESSER B B GULL , 30 BLACK HEADED GULL, 

15 MED GULL - 2 1w, 5 2w, 8 ad ..

First morning this year I did not log a GANNET .

 

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 

TUES 22 OCT 

An hours Garden Watch from 07.45 - 22 species , of interest were - 

11 BLACKBIRD , 2 SONG THRUSH , 2 CHIFFY, 5 ROBIN .

Alan ringed 41 new birds At South Milton Ley inc- 6 CETTIS WARBLER ( a record day ring ) 5 GOLDCREST, 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 4 MIPIT , 1 REED BUNTING.

At South Efford Marsh Eric also had an influx of Thrushes - 

120 + REDWING , 25 BLACKBIRD , 10 SONG THRUSH , 1 WATER PIPIT, 16 LAPWING , 80 TEAL , usual counts of GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , CURLEW , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER 

2 TAWNY OWL calling this evening behind Johns house near the sewage works 

MON 21 OCT

A cloudy morning with bright periods , wind NNE 3/4 .

A viz mig watch at the back of the Church from 08.30- 09.40 produced - 3 CIRL BUNTING,90 STARLING -N , 35 JACDAW -S , 24 SKYLARK -N , 3 MIPIT , 2 CHAFFINCH , 1 REDPOLL -N , 10 PIED WAGTAIL-N , 1 LITTLE EGRET-S , 1 SPRAWK -N ( very high ) ,

575 WOOD PIGEON mostly S, 15 STOCK DOVE -S .

At 08.55 picked up a WOODLARK (195) calling , flying N with 2 SKYLARK .

Offshore from the car park 09.50-11.20 - 18 GANNET , 28 COMMON SCOTER , 46 RAZORMOT-SE , 15 CORMORANT - SE + 14 on the rocks 

Viz mig - 52 SKYLARK , 5 MIPIT , 24 PIED WAGTAIL, 3 CHAFFINCH , 20 WOOD PIGEON - all N

At Huxton Cross - 45 MIPIT , 20 SKYLARK , 1 SWALLOW-E , final stop on the lane leading to the sewage works - 1 REDWING , 

2 F YELLOWHAMMER.

At South Efford Marsh Eric had a bonanza - 8 REDSHANK, 

7 GREENSHANK, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, CURLEW , 32 SNIPE , 1 JACK SNIPE ( 196 ), 4 WATER PIPIT .

Away with my family for a week will update any news received 

SUN 20 OCT

A sunny morning with a NNW F4 wind 

Seawatch from the car park -8.45-10.30 - 85 GANNET, 50 KITTIWAKE-SE, 55 RAZORMOT-SE , 8 COMMON SCOTER, 

1 RED T DIVER -SE@-9.45 , 1 GREAT N DIVER SE@ -9.52 , 

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( in off sea & up the valley ).

At 09.30 picked up a GREAT WHITE EGRET ( 194 ) flying NW across 

the Bay . First record for over 2 years probably only the 5th for the patch .

Good vis mig this morning - all birds flying north , totals logged -

95 MIPI , 26 SKYLARK , 50 PIED WAGTAIL, 25 LINNET, 35 CHAFFINCH, 10 GOLDFINCH , 3 SISKIN .

At 16.40 0ver my garden - 10 REDWING-S , 3 JAY 

SAT 19 OCT 

Only able to do a Garden Watch from 07.50- 08.40 - 25 species inc 

5 JAY , 30 MIPIT - N , 2 CHIFFY , 1 STOCK DOVE , 3 CORMORANT,

1 SPRAWK . 

Near the Church - CIRL BUNTING, CHIFFY , COAL TIT 

FRI 18 OCT - 

A morning of sunny periods heavy showers , thunder storm, wind SWF 8+ , very rough seas .
A 2hour Seawatch from the flats from 08.50 was disappointing, very rough seas made it difficult to pick out any passage - totals 

160 GANNET, 14 KITTIWAKE, 15 RAZORMOT, 3 COMMON SCOTER .

On South Huish Marsh - 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 100 BLACK HEADED GULL, 2 MED GULL - 1AD 1 1W , 5 TEAL , 1 LITTLE GREBE 
 

THURS 17 OCT 

Sunny periods with showers , wind SW 6/7 .

Sea watch from the flats 09.15 -11.40 - 215 GANNET, 17 KITTIWAKE, 1 1W MED GULL , 60 RAZORMOT-SE, 11 COMMON SCOTER -NW , 1 GREAT N DIVER -SE 10.35, 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA - NW10.50, 4 BALEARIC SHEARWATER-NW 11.15 , 1 GOLDEN PLOVER 

SE , 14 MIPIT SE , 5 SKYLARK -NW .

On Beach/Rocks - 12 RINGED PLOVER , 2 DUNLIN, 8 TURNSTONE, 

13 OYSTERCATCHER, .

On South Huish Marsh only 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 TEAL .

On South Efford / North Marsh Eric reports - 1 COMMON SANDPIPER 

2 GREENSHANK ,1 REDSHANK, CURLEW , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 

CURLEW ,.

At 16.00 in a T'stone Garden near the Church Eric found a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER ( in same place as mine on Tuesday ) 

Photo from Alan of the YELLOW WAGTAIL 

 

WED 16 OCT 

A rare morning away from the patch - Eric and I covered the Willows and Starehole Vally At Soar - Met Andy Smith by the Willows - target bird was RING OUZEL- we managed to find 8/9 

viewed from the top path looking down towards Starehole Valley , 

very good views of both Males & Females. Also in the bushes -

3 BULLFINCH , 2 YELLOWHAMMER, around 10 SONG THRUSH , 

5 BLACKBIRD.

In the Willows 3 GOLDCREST , 3 CHIFFY & on the way back great views of a FIRECREST , Andy confirmed on his return visit a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER was seen .

Stopped off at Huxton Cross At 12.30 - in flight over the stubble field a single flock of 220 SKYLARK - there were probably others on the ground so could be worth regular visits 

Late news from Alan - South Huish Marsh At 18.00 - 1 F YELLOW 

WAGTAIL , 2 MED GULL , 1 F/IMM MERLIN , 200 PIED WAGTAIL 

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 

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 

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 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