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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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 2 AUG - GANNET FEST
A sunny morning with an F4 W wind .
Walked to Warren Point arriving at my favorite seawatching seat by 07.30 in the next 90 mins sat in awe as line after line of GANNET flew NW quite close in , half hourly counts made -
07.30-08.00 500 , 08.00-08.30 450 , 08.30-09.00 450 - a total of 1260 - probably one of the highest passage counts for a few years - normally large totals involve feeding frenzy flocks , today I only saw 1 bird dive .
other birds logged -8 FULMAR, 3 KITTIWAKE, 53 MANX SHEARWATER- NW , A KNOT flew across the bay at 08.15, 5 SWALLOW-N,
On the coast path - 1 WHITETHROAT, 2 JUV , STONECHAT, 2 GREENFINCH.
Todays Moth Trap -30 of 17 species
2 Early Thorn , 2 Pale Prominent, 2 Silver Way, 2 Large Wainscot,
2 Common Wainscot, 1 Small Wainscot (NFY ) 12cm , 1 Drnker,
1 Lackey , 3 Dingy Footman , 1 Rosy Rustic , 1 Shuttle Shaped Dart ,
1 Chinese Charecter, 1Dunbar .
SAT 1 AUG
An overcast morning with some sunny periods , light F3 W breeze .
Waled over to South Huish Marsh from the carpark - 07.00- 0900
only brief watches off shore - 145 GANNET ( inc a feeding flock of 110 ) , 1 FULMAR, 1 MANX SHEARWATER- SE,
'by the footbridge- 2 WILLOW WARBLER , 3 WHITETHROAT.
Marsh outlet pipe still blocked so water level is high - no mud fringes which will probably result in a poor wader passage .
35 MALLARD , MUTE SWAN , CANADA GOOSE & MOORHEN were the only water birds , 1 STONECHAT, 40 STARLING, 2 HERON , 5 CHIFFY, 1 SEDGE WARBLER .
AROUND Thurlestone- 4 SWIFT , GREENFINCH , CIRL BUNTING .
Moth Trap produced 40 moths of 20 species - best were -
1 Drinker , 1 Chinese Charecter, 1 Yellow Tail, 3 Lackey , 1 Knot Grass, 2 Ruby Tiger, 3 Flame Shoulder , 5 Brimstone , 2 Common Footman , 3 Dingy Footman ( inc 1 F- all yellow ), 3 Rosy Footman ,
3 Round Winged Muslin , 1 Garden Carpet , 1 Common Wainscot,
1 Large Wainscot ( size 22 cm ) NFY , 1 Shuttle shapedDart
FRI 31 JULY
A warm & sunny morning until 11.30 when cloud and light showers arrived with a significant drop in temperature.
Only report for today relates to the moth trap -32 moths of 16 species - best were - 1 Jersey Tiger Moth , 2 Lackey,1 Chinese Charecter, 1 Ruby Tiger, 2 Dingy Footman , 2 Striped Wainscot,
2 Common Wainscot,1 Flame Shoulder, 2 Knot Grass, 1 Green Pug ,
1 Suttle Shaped Dart, 1Common Rustic, 1 Small Fan Footed Wave
THURS 30 JULY
A lovely summers morning warm with only a light E breeze.
Walked out to Warren Pt - sea watched from 07.30-09.00
Quiet - 105 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 6 MANX SHEARWATER,
4 COMMON SCOTER-SE , 1 JUV YELLOW L GULL ( on rocks )
Moth Trap - plenty of Footman -1 Rosy Footman, 2 Four Spotted Footman , 10 Dingy Footman, 2 Common Footman, 2 Brimstone, 1 Ruby Tiger , 2 Lackey, 3 Common Wainscot, 1 Striped Wainscot, 1 Smoky Wainscot, 4 Common Rustic, 1 Rosy Rustic, 1 Yellow Tail ,
1 Single Dotted Wave
A total of 36 moths of 17 species
WED 29 JULY
A fine sunny and calm morning. Back to basics today an hours watch from my balcony from 07.30 produced 28 species inc -
25+ SWIFT -S , 1 STOCK DOVE, 8 GREENFINCH ( family party ) ,
20 GANNET and 5 species of WARBLER - 1 CHIFFY , 5 BLACKCAP (4 juv ) , 2 WILLOW , 1 SEDGE , 1 WHITETHROAT.
Ringing at South Milton Ley Alan had 72 new birds inc - 5 BLACKCAP
1 BULLFINCH , 2 REED BUNTING , 4 CHIFFY, 13 REED WARBLER , 16 SEDGE WARBLER , 20 WILLOW WARBLER .
Moth Trap disappointing- cold night only 15 moths of 11 species -
1 Rosy Footman, 1 Drinker, 1 Rosy Rustic , 1 Striped Wainscot
Fine sunny morning with good viz and a F4 WNW wind .
Seawatching again from the car park -7.05- -9.15
260 GANNET ( inc a feeding frenzy flock of 80 @ 09.00 ),
3 FULMAR , 85 MANX SHEARWATER ( largest flock only 15 ),
3 KITTIWAKE, 1 JUV MED GULL , 3 SANDWICH TERN ( on rocks until-9.00 ) 2 COMMON SCOTER -SE, 2 RAZORMOT.
At Aveton Gifford Eric and Richie report - 1 HOBBY , 1 M SPRAWK,
MISTLE THRUSH ( 6 yesterday ) BLACKCAP, WILLIW WARBLER.
Although a quiet night for Moths still some interesting ones -
A m Drinker , 6 Smokey Wainscot , 3 Striped Wainscot, 1 Rosy Footman , 1 Knot Grass , 1 Lesser Broad- bordered Yellow Underwing ( NFY ), 1 Common Rustic ( NFY ), 1 Small Fan Footed Wave, 1 Double Striped Pug ( NFY )
New photos added - the Drinker really looks good
MON 27 JULY
Anticipated poor weather arrived- 100% cloud , F7/8 SSW wind with rain from 10.00 , poor offshore viz.
Seawatch fro car park from 07.20-10.30-
610 GANNET ( almost all SE ) , 1 FULMAR, 6 MANX SHEARWATER-SE , 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER-SE ( 2 initially sat on the sea ) ,
1 LITTLE GULL -SE@07.55, 1 COMMON GULL -SE , 3 KITTIWAKE-SE
( first juv ) , 7 MED GULL , 58 BLACK H GULL .Nice selection of TERNS - 14 SANDWICH, 3 ARCTIC ( SE @ 07.30 ) , 1 COMMON ( SE @ 08.55 ) , 2 WHIMBREL , 1 DUNLIN .
Report from John - 08.00 20-30 SWIFT flying down the South Milton valley ,on Yarmer Beach 20 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL .
Did another Seawatch from 13.45-15.00 - 95 GANNET -SE , 2 MED GULL , 1 KITTIWAKE , at 14.40 2 POMARINE SKUA flew SE ( rare July record for us )
Unfortunately no large Shearwaters were seen .
SUN 26 JULY
Sunny morning with a brisk F5 WSW wind - Seawatch poor this morning - 07.25- 0915 Warren Point - 62 GANNET , 4 FULMAR ,
On Leasfoot Beach - 1 WHIMBREL , 5 DUNLIN , 3 SANDERLING.
1 AD MED GULL.
Earlier Richie had on the beach at South Milton - 5 RINGED PLOVER ,
1 SANDERLING , 1 MED GULL .
2 reports from last night - Alan had 5 MED GULL in the Bay and John had a Barn Owl at the back of his house near South Milton Ley .
Due to the poor weather moths were disappointing- best were -
1Rosy Rustic, 4 Striped Wainscot , 1 Smoky Wainscot, 1 Ruby Tiger ,
1 Round Winged Muslin .
SAT 25 JULY
A cloudy morning , drizzle from 08.30 , low cloud , offshore mist ,
SW F 3/4
Waders on the beach watched from 06.00 ( Richie ) - 09.00 when I left - 42 DUNLIN, 2 SANDERLING, 14 RINGED PLOVER ,
Offshore-50 GANNET -SE, 2 FULMAR-NW, 7 BALEARIC SHEARWATER-SE, 1 MANX S'WATER-SE , 1 RAZORBILL, 10 COMMON SCOTER-NW & 3 SE
Although a lot of rain overnight still some reasonable moths - 31 of 19 species -best- 1 M Drinker , 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 2 Lackey, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Brown Line Bright Eye, 1 Striped Wainscot, 2 Crescent Dart, 1 Suspected ( NFY ), 1 White Line Dart,
1 Nut Tree Tussock, 2 Dingy Footman , 1Buff Footman .
Have posted some more photos on the 2020 July photo page
FRI 24 JULY
Low cloud mist and drizzle early - poor viz offshore until -8.30
On the beach the wader flock consisted of - 41 DUNLIN, 11 SANDERLING ,6 RINGED PLOVER , also 1 ad MED GULL , 20 ALBA WAGTAIL ,
'Offshore - 28 GANNET , 2 GUILLEMOT, 10 MANX SHEARWATER - SE , 5 BALEARIC SHEARWATER -SE ( one group of 3 & 2 singles )
On South Huis Marsh - 1 DUNLIN , 2 juv STARLING .
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports-3 WHIMBREL, 10 DUNLIN ,
5 GREENSHANK, 2 REDSHANK, a mixed flock of 25 DULIN / RINGED PLOVER flew through .
Moth trap results 57 of 25 species - best were - Peach Blossom ( NFY ) , Barred Red ( NFY ) , 2 Garden Tiger, 5 Brimstone, 1 Clay, 1 Nut Tree Tussock, 1 Rosy Footman , 2 Yellow Tail , 1 Common Carpet, 1 Spectacle, 2 Rosy Rustic, 2 Mother of Pearl , 2 Lesser
'Yellow Underwing, 15 Large Yellow Underwing ,1 Striped Wainscot,
1 Red Twin Spot Carpet ( NFY )
THURS 23 JULY
Started with sunny periods and calm conditions.Went over to South Huish Marsh for 7.30 - plenty of mud so looking good for waders .
spent an hour watching a flock of 30 DUNLIN With 4 SANDERLING on the seaweed by the flats , with no disturbance I was getting to within 20 feet - now that's why I love watching waders .A WHITE WAGTAIL amongst a small flock of Alba Wags and ROCK PIPITS on the same seaweed . Offshore just 7 GANNET , flock of 70 BLACK H GULL on the rocks ( couldn't find any MED 's ).
15 SWALLOW flew S
Over my garden - 2 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 SWIFT , 10 SWALLOW and a calling WHIMBREL
.In a nearby field a RED L PARTRIDGE.
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 3 GREENSHANK , 1 REDSHANK , 1 DUNLIN , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER , CURLEW , 8 COMMON SANDPIPER
Reasonable collection of moths last night - 40 of 22 species -highlights - Jersey & Garden Tiger ,10 Rustic , 1 Rosy Rustic,
Buff Arches , Herald ( NFY ), another 4 Spotted Footman , Nut Tree Tussock, Striped Wainscot, Round Winged Muslin (NFY ) 2Brimstone.
Dunlin flock and Sanderling on the beach
WED 22 JULY
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports 2 GREEN SANDPIPER,
26 CURLEW, GREENSHANK, REDSHANK . Also a report of a RED KITE
OVER earlier today .
This mornings Moth Trap came up with another rarity a male
FOUR SPOTTED FOOTMAN , ALSO 3 Brimstone, 1 Jersey Tiger,
4 Lackey, 2 Elaphant Hawk, 1 Magpie, 1 Crescent Dart, 1 Yellow Tail , 1 Sandy Carpet (NFY), 1 Garden Carpet, 2 Spectacle, 1 Riband Wave, 1 Double Lobed, 1 Small Blood Vein , 1 Bright Line Bright - Eye, 1 Brussels Lace
TUES 21 JULY
Late news for 20/7 - at 18.00 Alan had at South Huish Marsh
46 DUNLIN , 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER.
Alan Pomroy ringing at South Milton Ley - 9 BLACKCAP, 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 9 CHIFFY, 9 REED WARBLER, 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 4 WILLOW WARBLER and 1 GARDEN WARBLER .
Moth trap continues to produce some very interesting moths today
48 moths of 20 species .- highlights- 1 Elephant Hawk , 8 Brimstone , 1 Swallow-tailed , 1 Ruby Footman , 2 Dingy Footman , 2 Small Fan Footed Wave , 2 Common Carpet, 1 Peppered , 1 Shear (NFY ) ,
1 Grey Dagger, 2 KNOT GRASS , 2 White Line Dart ( NFY ) ,
1 Smokey Wainscot , 1 Striped Wainscot , 1 Wood Plume
'Have received confirmation of a Devonshire Wainscot ( NFY ) trapped today , only 9 trapped in Devon in 2019- photo on the photo page
MON 20 JULY
Warm sunny day - with family visiting no time for birding, but compensation was the best moths catch to date - 80 made up of 32 species with 5 NFY .HIGHLIGHTS WERE-
2 Elephant Hawk , 2 Brimstone , 19 Large Yellow Underwing,
1 Lesser Yellow Underwing ( NFY ) , 2 Clouded Silver, 1 Jersey Tiger
(NFY) 1 Garden Tiger, 1 Fanfoot , 1 Peppered, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Smokey Wainscot , 1 Striped Wainscot, 2 Dot Moth (NFY), 2 Snout,
2 Rosy Footman , 1 Silver Y, 1 Grey Dagger (NFY ), 2 Satin White ,
2 Small Footed Fan Wave 1Clay , 1 Brussels Lace
Some new photos on the 2020 photos page
SUN 19 JULY
Stated with mist and low cloud , offshore vis poor until 07.30 , light drizzle early
Seawatch from 07.05 - 09.15 -
285 GANNET ( largest flock 25 )2 FULMAR , 78 BALEARIC SHEARWATER logged one flock of 25 feeding on the sea with over 200 BLACK H GULL & 350 HERRING GULL , Only 1 flock of 5 MANX SHEARWATER, 1 SOOTY SHEARWATER ( flew se @ -7.27 ), 26 MED GULL, 1 RAZORMOT
1 SANDWICH TERN, 3 COMMON SCOTER, . ON beach/rocks -
10 DUNLIN., 6 SANDELING , 1 RINGED PLOVER , 5 TURNSTONE, 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 32 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN ,
Late pm Alan reported at S Huish Marsh - 8 DUNLIN, 7 Black T GODWIT
'At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 26 CURLEW, 1 GREENSHANK,
1 REDSHANK, 2 OYSTERCATCHER.
MOTH TRAP - Best were -2 Elephant Hawk, 5 Silver Y, 1 Rosy Footman , 1 Flame Shoulder, 3 Lackey , 1 Black Arches ( NFY )
1 V Pug ( NFY ) , 2 Clouded Silver, 1 Blood Vein , 1Small , Fan Footed Wave , 1 Brimstone. 4 Dingy Footman ,1 Cloaked Minor(NFY)
1Mother of Pearl , 1 Bee Moth ,RoundWinged Muslin again .
SAT 18 JULY
Only 28 moths of 17species last night - best were -
1Elephant Hawk , 2 Dingy Footman , 2 Rosy Footman , 1 Pale Prominent , 1 Small Blood Vein , 1 Crescent Dart, 1 Snout , 1 Buff Arches, 1 Small Fan- Footed Wave
Just had confirmation from Richie of 3 I could not identify -
Kent Black Arches ( probably the rarest moth to date ) , Round Winged Muslin and a Brussels Lace .Photos on the 2020 page
FRI 17 JULY
No bird reports today . Moth trap again very good 23 species with
5 NFY .
1 Swallow- Tailed , 4 Common Footman , 3 Rosy Footman , 2 Buff Footman, 3 Dingy Footman, 2 Elephant Hawk, 1 Clay, 2 Brimstone,
8 Dark Arches, 1 Small Magpie, 2 Silver Y, 3 Scalloped Oak, 4 Buff Ermine , 1 Common Wainscot, 1 Smokey Wainscot, 3 Heart & Dart,
9 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 BroadBordered Yellow Underwing,
1 Rustic agg , 1 Single Dotted Wave, 1 Engrailed , 1 Pale Prominent .
THURS 16 JULY
A sunny morning with calm conditions . 07.00- 09.00 Seawatch and a walk over to South Huish Marsh -
42 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 5 MANX SHEARWATER-SE , 15 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( 13-NW 2 on sea ) 32 BLACK H GULL , 10 MED GULL
( 3 ad, 2 2s, 1 1s, 4 juv )1 COMMON SCOTER -NW, 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL, on beach - 1DUNLIN , 1 SANDERLING , 3 SWIFT , 3 MIPIT -N
BY the footbridge- 3 REED WARBLER, 1 SEDGE WARBLER, over the Marsh - 30 SWALLOW , 20 HOUSE MARTIN .
Last night's report of 3 CATTLE EGRET ON South Efford Marsh confirmed by Eric as still present this morning ,also GREENSHANK,
REDSHANK , 4 COMMON SANDPIPER.
Another good night for Moths - 1 Drinker ( somehow found its way into our dining room) , 5 Dingy Footman , 3 Common Footman,
2 Rosy Footman , 1 Scalloped Oak, 2 Large Yellow Underwing,
1 Fan Foot, 3 Elephant Hawk Moth, 1 Chinese Charecter, 1 Common Emerald, 2 Swallow-Tailed , 1 Silver Y, 1 Ruby Tiger, 2 Willow Beauty, 2 Bright Line Brown -eye, 1 Dwarf Cream Wave, 1 Double Striped Pug , 1 Figure of Eighty, 1 Double Lobed.
After further research a NFY from yesterday -Plain Golden Y
WED 15 JULY
Another cloudy morning with a F3 NW wind - not very good viewing conditions off shore ,.
Late news from South Milton Ley yesterday ringing by Alan & Dave Scott 68 new birds inc - 8 BLACKCAP, 1 CETTIS , 20 CHIFFY, 18 REED WARBLER , 5 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 WILLOW WARBLER .
Seawatch today 07.30- 09.05 -
25 GANNET, 1 FULMAR , 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- NW , 32 BLACK H GULL , 17 MED GULL -NW ( largest group 5 , at least 6 juv ) ,
4 COMMON SCOTER , -NW, 4 RAZORMOT-SE, 9 OYSTERCATCHER,
3 RAVEN - SE .
MOTH TRAP - Best night of the year to date , at least 30 species and over 60 caught , 6 NFY ( new for year ) -
3 Swallow - tailed, 2 Elephant Hawk , 3 Silver Y, 1 Fan-foot , 4 Heart & Dart, 2 Dingy Footman , 3 Common Footman , 1 Double Square Spot , 1 Crescent Dart, 3 Lackey ( different plumages ) , 7 Dark Arches, 2 Light Arches , 1 Scalloped Oak , 2 Riband Wave , 1 Sharp Angled Peacock , 2 Riband Wave, 1 Chinese Charecter, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Garden Tiger , 3 Rustic, 1 Barred Yellow, 1 Garden Carpet , 1 Clouded Silver , 1 Poplar Grey ,
3 Common Wainscot , 1 Striped Wainscot.1Southern Wainscot
left the best till last a Drinker - totally fascinated by this .
some good pictures will be posted on the 2020 photos page
TUES 14 JULY
100 % cloud this morning with a light WNW breeze , Seawatch from the car park 07.05- 09.15
100 GANNET -NW, 7 MANX SHEARWATER- SE , total of 79 BALEARIC SHEARWATER logged ( 19 SE + a lingering flock on the sea 08.45-09.05 of 60- this is the same number that I had last Friday )
45 BLACK H GULL ( 30 flew NW ), 9 MED GULL ( 7 NW , 2 ON SEA )
1 ARCTIC SKUA dp flew NW @ 07.32 ), 1 FULMAR , 1 COMMON SCOTER , 1 AUK, 6 SWALLOW - NW .
Around the R .Avon / South Efford Marsh Eric reports -
26 CURLEW , 8 COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 GREENSHANK , 1 REDSHANK , 2 AD MED GULL
With late evening heavy rain no moths inflight at 22.45 , big surprise this morning with over 40 in the trap and on the wall , 4 NFY- ALL SINGLES UNLESS DETAILED -
Elephant Hawk , Poplar Hawk , 2 Garden Tiger , 3 Common Footman , Dingy Footman, Rosy Footman . Smokey Wainscot, 2 Common
Wainscot , Yellow Tail , Purple Thorn , Common Emerald ,
4 Crescent Dart , Large Yellow Underwing, 4 Dark Arches , 3 Heart & Dart, Rustic , Garden Carpet, Small Fan Foot Wave , Riband Wave , Poplar Grey
Looking good for tonight .
MON 13 JULY
Started sunny but cloud increased from 09.00 .
Spent a couple of hours from 07.05 by the R Avon tidal road - no sign of the OSPREY - did have - 6 CURLEW , 1 GREENSHANK , 4 COMMON SANDPIPER, GREEN & GREAT SPOTTED WOODY , COAL TIT
Moth Trap - 3 Elephant Hawk , 6 Common Footman , 1 Dingy Footman , 1 Crescent Dart, 1 Rustic , 1 Striped Wainscot , 1 Common Wainscot , 2 Lackey , 5 Heart & Dart , 2 Large Yellow Underwing.
SUN 12 JULY
A warm sunny and calm morning , lot less activity .
Seawatch from the car park 07.05- -9.05 -
20GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 7 MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 3 TEAL -IN OFF , 30 COMMON SCOTER ( flocks of 10 & 20 ) , 6 MED GULL , 20 BLACK H GULL , 3 RAZORMOT, 23 CORMORANT ( inc 1 flock NW of 17 - largest single patch flock ) 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 SWIFT , 1 HOUSE MARTIN , 30 SWALLOW , 1 SPRAWK , 1 juv GREY WAGTAIL
Reports of an OSPREY ( 172 ) on the R Avon confirmed by Eric .
Poor moth trap last night , nothing new apart from a Scorched Carpet
FRI 10 JULY
Back to sunny conditions with a clear horizon and calm conditions early . Superb morning looking at SHEARWATERS .
Seawatch from the car park 07.00- -9.15 , arrived to find a large flock of over a 1000 GULLS - 90% HERRING , 100 BLACK HEADED and at lest 12 MED GULL . Amongst them were a flock of over 30 BALEARIC SHEARWATER -THEY were still feeding when I left by which time the flock had grown to over 60 . At times they were probably no more than 300 yards offshore . Have never before watched a large flock of BALEARICS feeding they are normally shearing past over the waves . In addition to this flock at 8.06 I had another comprising of 37 birds which flew SE , also during the morning several small flocks of up to 5 . The mornings total was in excess of 100 birds , by far a record count for the Bay .
By comparison there were also a total of 60 MANX SHEARWATER flying NW , 4 FULMAR , 7 RAZORMOT, 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET.
ON THE pool by South Milton Ley amongst around 20 HERRING GULL was the first juv YELLOW LEG GULL
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 16 CURLEW , 3 TEAL ,
The moth trap also much better last night 19 species with 6 new for the year -
1 ELEPHANT HAWK, 1 DARK ARCHES, 2 COMMON WAINSCOT,
1 EARLY THORN , 1 WHITE PLUME , 3 COMMON FOOTMAN , 1 BUFF FOOTMAN , 1 SMOKEY WAINSCOT, 1 SILVER Y, 1 FLAME, 1 SMALL WHITE WAVE , 1 SMALL FAN FOOTED WAVE , 1 BUFF ERMINE, 3 LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING, 4 HEART & DART , 1 BIRDS WING ,
1 SMALL FAN FOOT .
THURS 9 JULY
A very drab morning with low cloud , mist and drizzle . Offshore viz did not improve until 08.10 and then only for 30 mins , in that time
a brief movement of seabirds resulted in -
GANNET- 42 -SE, 68- NW, 1 FULMAR -NW, BALEARIC SHEARWATER-
9-SE, 7NW, MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 22 BLACK H GULL , 2 AD MED GULL -NW, 3 SWIFT , 8 OYSTERCATCHER.
Late news of a juv MARSH HARRIER over South Efford Marsh at 18.30 yesterday ,
Moth Trap results - 3 ELEPHANT HAWK , 1 BUFF ERMINE ,
1 COMMON WAVE , 1 COMMON WAINSCOT, 1 SETEACOUS HEBREW
CHARECTER , 2 LACKEY, 10 LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING, 7 HEART & DART , 1 LIGHT ARCHES, 4 DARK ARCHES , 1 COMMON FOOTMAN , 3 CRESCENT DART, 2 RUSTIC , 1 MAGPIE , 1 FLAME
WED 8 JULY
A drab miserable morning meant no birding - news received so far
Rod at Aveton Gifford -REDSHANK, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,
11 CURLEW , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER.
NICK reported a WHIMBREL on the rocks .
SPRAWK flew through my garden .
Some nice moths last night before the rain st in -
3 Elephant Hawk, 1 Clouded Border, Common Wainscot, 1 Satin Wave , 2 Rustic, 1 Swallow Tailed , 2 Lackey, 4 Large Yellow Underwing, 8 Heart & Dart ,
TUES 7 JULY - SHEARWATER FEST .
Started with sunny periods before more cloud rolled in , calm until after 08.15 then a W F2/3 wind . Completely surprised at the number of SHEARWATERS- one of the best passages in the last few years ,.
Seawatch from Bob's car park- 07.00--9.15-First bird in the scope was a SOOTY SHEARWATER ( 171 ) before flying off NW , another flew NW @ 08.00 - James K confirmed he had one late Sat afternoon as the mist lifted, 9 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- NW , 1300 +
MANX SHEARWATER - some rafts on the sea, several flocks in excess of 200- most passage over by 08.45.
Yet again it was the GULL flocks which brought a lot of birds into the Bay - 1200+ HERRING GULL , 32 BLACK H GULL , 21 MED GULL ,SOME GREAT B B & LESSER B B GULL .
GANNET totals today - 310 .3 RAZORMOT-SE, 1 BAR T GODWIT-NW ,
2 LITTLE EGRET, 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 18 SWIFT , 2 HOUSE MARTIN 2 SWALLOW
After I left James had a pod of 30 Bottle Nosed Dolphin which he watched for 30 min from 09.40 .
At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 51 new birds inc-4 CETTIS WARBLER ( all juv ) , 15 REED WARBLER, 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 11 CHIFFY, 5 BLACKCAP . A controlled REED WARBLER was ringed as a juv at this site on 7 Aug 2010 - almost 10 years old and has made 10 round trips wintering in Africa probably south of the Sahara , an incredible achievement without satnav !
Not many species in the moth trap- 1 Poplar Hawk , 1 Elephant Hawk , 1 Silver Y, 3 Heart & Dart, 1 Large Yellow Underwing,
1 Satin Wave , 1 Scalloped Oak ( first of the year ) 1 Garden Carpet
MON 6 JULY
A morning of sunny periods with a F4/5 W wind .Seawatch from the car park -7.10- 09.25 -
345 GANNET ( 80 SE, 265-NW ) , 3 FULMAR - NW , 4 BALERIC SHEARWATER-NW , 64 MANX SHEARWATER-NW ( largest flock only 10 ), 1 ARCTIC SKUA - SE @07.56 light phase , 7 RAZORMOT,
1 RAVEN , on the rocks 17 OYSTERCATCHER.
Main interest of the morning was a continuous passa ge of GULLS flying NW , some close inshore feeding on sprat/ whitebait-
At least 2000 HERRING GULL with another 500 on the rocks at Bolt Tail , 90 + BLACK HEADED , 26 MED GULL and best of all a 1s LITTLE
GULL, only 5 GREAT B B GULL
At Aveton Gifford Eric reports 2 MISTLE THRUSH and a family party of BULLFINCH .
During the day some passage of SWALLOW over my garden - at least 25 in small family parties and 2 SWIFT .
Poor catch in the Moth Trap due to the wind- 2 Common Wainscot,
2 Buff Ermine , 2 Hart & Dart , 1Clay ( new for year )
SUN 5 JULY
After o/night rain a morning of sunny periods- Seawatch from Bob's car park 06.30- 09.15 - not quite up to expectations .
590 GANNET ( 140 Se , 450 NW ) , 4 FULMAR , 12 MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 34 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( flocks of 8 & 6 on the sea , 20 NW ) , 9 KITTIWAKE, 9 MED GULL , 10 BLACK H GULL , 15 LESSER B B GULL , 18 GREAT B B GULL , Constant passage of HERRING GULL estimated at a total of 1600 + , 4 RAZORMOT,
1 PUFFIN ( SE @ 07.52 )
At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 8 CURLEW, 6 SHELDUCK , 2 COAL TIT, family party of NUTHATCH .
FRI 3 JULY
A morning of sunny periods with a WSW F 6/7 wind . No Seawatch just a walk from the Golf Club to South Huish Marsh - 09.00- 11.30
On the rocks - 32 MED GULL ( 18 ad, 10 2s , 3 1s , 1 Juv ) ,
18 BLACK H GULL ( 2 juv ) , 10 OYSTERCATCHER,
Offshore - 31 GANNET , 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- NW @ 10.12 .
On South Huish Marsh - 40 MALLARD , 1 SHELDUCK, 4 MOORHEN +
2 young , 1 COOT , 2 MUTE SWAN + 4 cyg , 3 SWIFT .
At 11.30 on Leasfoot Beach - 21 MED GULL & 12 BLACK H GULL - assumed part of the earlier flocks - there were 12 Kite Surfers this morning .
At Aveton Gifford Eric had 5 SISKIN ( 170 ) over his garden
In the moth trap first Scarce Footman .
THURS 2 JULY
A morning of sunny periods with a F4 SWWind .
Bay watched from 08.30 - 10.30 - 12 GANNET , 13 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- NW ( 1 @ 09.20, 9 @ 09.45, 3 @ 09.50),
4 COMMON SCOTER, 6 KITTIWAKE, 2 RAZORMOT,
On the rocks - 20 BLACK H GULL ( 1juv ) 44 MED GULL ( 28 ad , 9 2s, 5 1s , 2 juv ) 2 LITTLE EGRET, 7 OYSTERCATCHER.
Yesterdays record count didn't last long - noticeable as to how the flocks compared age wise .
WED 1 JULY
Start of a new month with cloudy conditions, SW F 4 wind .
Seawatch from 09.00 - 10.30 - 22 GANNET, 2 FULMAR , 2 Small flocks of SHEARWATER- 12 MANX - NW @-9.40 , 9BALEARIC - NW @
10.14 , 2 KITTIWAKE.
On the rocks a flock of GULLS - 2 LESSER B B, 30 MED ( 27 ad, 2 2s , 1 1s ) 22 BLACK HEADED . The Med Gull total could be a day record count .
Around South Huish Marsh - 1 juv SHELDUCK , 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 8 SWALLOW , 2 WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP , CHIFFY, 8 LINNET,
2 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 COOT, 3 MOORHEN , 2 MUTE SWAN
At Huxton Cross - SKYLARK, YELLOWHAMMER, RAVEN
An hour this afternoon fro 15.30 around my garden 25 species inc -
CHIFFY, REED WARBLER , BLACKCAP, CHAFFINCH GREEN FINCH , GOLDFINCH, GREEN WOODY , PIED WAGTAIL , 8 SWALLOW, 6 SWIFT .
Around Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 8CURLEW , SHELDUCK, 1 AD MED GULL , 27 BLACK H GULL , GREAT SP WOODY, GREY WAGTAIL , SPOT FLY, BULLFINCH , 2 SAND MARTIN
MOTH TRAP -2 Striped Wainscot , 1 Dot Moth , 1 Crescent Moth , 1 Uncertain, 1 Slender Pug , 5 Large Yellow Underwing, 18 Heart & Dart.
Mon 29 JUNE.
A cloudy morning with light showers , wind SW F6 - quieter today .
85 GANNET, 1 FULMAR,1 1S COMMON GULL ,7 BLACK H GULL , 3 AD
MED GULL, . ON rocks 14 OYSTERCATCHER, first juv WHEATEAR.
1 Garden Tiger, 2 Crescent Dart, 1 Dark Arches, 1 Early Thorn
1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Common Wainscot, 2 Bright Line
Brown-Eye. 20 Heart & Dart
SUN 28 JUNE
A morning of sunny periods with an F5 SW wind . Seawatch from the flats 07.20- 09.10 , still having some difficulty in picking up the SHEARWATERS due to the rough seas- far fewer this morning .
400 GANNET ( 350 + SE ) , 3 FULMAR, 25 MANX S'WATER-NW .,
4 BALEARIC SHEARWATER-NW, 1 MED GULL , 6 BLACK H GULL , 15 KITTIWAKE, 6 RAZORMOT, 8 OYSTERCATCHER.
At 07.55 a STORM PETREL ( 169 ) picked up flying SE across the waves just outside the rock
SAT 27 JUNE
A cloudy morning with heavy showers , SSW F 5/6 wind .
Interesting mornings seawatching from the flats -9.00-11.30 .
27- GANNET - NW , 3 FULMAR, 142 MANX SHEARWATER, 15+
'BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 14 MED GULL ( inc 1 flock of 5 ad ),
9 BLACK H GULL , 1 KITTIWAKE, 2 RAZORMOT, 7 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE.
One of the largest day counts of BALEARIC SHEARWATER- over 190 past Berry Head .! Rough seas made positive identification difficult.
First returning TURNSTONE was nice .
Nothing new on South Huish Marsh
FRI 26 JUNE
Only the Moth Trap report today - 1 ELEPHANT HAWK, 2 PRIVET HAWK , 1 EYED HAWK , 1 STRIPED WAINSCOT, 1 COMMON WAINSCOT, 2 SATIN WAVE , 1 RIBAND WAVE , 1 BUFF TIP ,
16 LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING , 18 HEART & DART , 1 HEART & Club , 9 FLAME , 1 POPLAR GREY , 1 BUFF ERMINE, 1 RUSTIC , 1 BROAD BARRED WHITE, 1 CRESCENT DART, 4 DARK ARCHES ,
1 BURNISHED BRASS.
Photos of the Hawk Moths on the 2020 photos page
WED 24 & THURS 25 JUNE
No birding reports partly due to lack of birds but also far too many people on the beaches . Nice to meet up with Graham Daw after almost 18 months now his eye operations men he can confidently
drive again - lots of reminiscing about our trips to Cyprus & La Brenne.
Last night was a superb Moth night lots of activity and at least 11 new species .
Wed 24th -1 Brimstone , 1 Swallow- tailed, 1 Flame , 1Flame Shoulder, 2 Silver Y , 21 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Common Wainscot, 12 Heart & Dart, 5 Dark Arches, 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Mottled Beauty, 1 Double Square Spot .
THURS 25TH -3 ELEPHANT HAWK , 1 PRIVET HAWK , 1 Magpie , 1 Small Magpie, 2 Dot Moth, 1 Lackey, 4 Dark Arches, 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Speckled Yellow , 1 Riband Wave , 19 Large Yellow Underwing, 12 Heart & Dart , 1 Common Emerald , 1 Fan Foot, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peppered, 2 Flame, 1 Straw Dot, 1 Treble Brown Spot ,
1 Light Arches, 1 Small Angle Shades , 1 Thistle Ermine , 1 Dun-bar
Some photos on 2020 photos page
TUES 23 JUNE
A lovely sunny day - 90 min Seawatch from 07.25-
30GANNET, 8 FULMAR, 1 MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 7 KITTIWAKE,
10 BLACK H GULL, 2 2S MED GULL, 10 COMMON SCOTER-SE ,
amongst the wagtails on the rocks a Juv GREY WAGTAIL .
NO OYSTERCATCHER- just 5 surfers !
On the Marsh , 3 RAVEN , 2 BLACK H GULL .
Alan ringed 27 birds inc-5 REED WARBLER, 4 SEDGE WARBLER,
3 BLACKCAP, 4 CHIFFY , 1 REED BUNTING , a retrap CIRL BUNTING
MOTH TRAP--IN Eric's Garden 2 Scarlet Tiger Moth .
my garden -3Dark Arches, 10 Large Yellow Underwing, 10 Heart & Dart, 1 Elephant Hawk, 1Silver Y., 3 Buff Ermine , 1 Buff Tip , 1 Pale Tussock, 1 Common Swift , 1 Common Wave
MON 22 JUNE
A sunny morning with an F3 SW breeze . Very quiet today !
Offshore only birds logged in an hour from 09.00- 3 GANNET,
2 KITTIWAKE, 4 MED GULL ( 3 1s , 1 ad ) .On the rocks - 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 20 + juv PIED WAGTAIL.
Moth trap ( almost as bad ) - 5 LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING ,
1 DARK ARCHES, 4 HEART & DART , 1 FLAME SHOULDER , nice to find 3 fresh SWALLOW - TAILED MOTH
SUN 21 JUNE
A sunny morning with a F4 SW wind . Seawatch 08.00- 09.15
On the rocks 28 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 6 BLACK H GULL
Offshore - 7 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 4 MED GULL ( 3 2s, 1 ad ),
3 KITTIWAKE, 4 RAZORMOT, 4 SWIFT ( flew N at least 1 mile off )
11.00 - Hatch Bridge - 35 SWIFT , 15 SAND MARTIN , 2 BLACKCAP, 1 GREY WAGTAIL.Earlier Rod Bone had GREEN SANDPIPER and 2HOBBY
TOP MARSH - 15 SWIFT , Tidal Road- 5 BLACK H GULL , 1 SHELDUCK, 8 LITTLE EGRET.
Eric reported- North Marsh - 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, South Efford Marsh - 1 CURLEW.
No sign of yesterday's BLACK STORK- There have only been 2 patch records- Thurlestone Marsh 27 April 1985 ( then spent until 1 May
on the Erie Estuary) and 24 August 1993 on the top Marsh at Aveton Gifford .
SAT 20 JUNE
Only the Moth Trap this morning - my 4th Hawk Moth - a Small
Elephant Hawk along with 3 Elephant Hawk , 3 Brimstone , 5 Dark Arches, 6 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Flame , 1 Silver Y, 10 Heart & Dart, 1 Common Wainscot, 1 White Ermine, 1 Snout , 1 Garden Carpet.1 Bright Line Brown Eyes , 1 Iron Prominent .
LATE NEWS - A report on Rare Bird Alert of a BLACK STORK (168 ) over Aveton Gifford flying towards Loddiswell at 12.30 . Any further information would be very welcome .
Search parties out in the morning
FRI 19 JUNE
Started bright periods, heavy rain 09.40- 11.00- poor viz in rain .
seawatch from flats 08.30- 11.30
55 GANNET ( 36-SE, 19 NW only 12 ad ) , 7 FULMAR ( 5 SE, 2 NW )
15 MANX SHEARWATER ( 14 NW , 1 SE ) 6 RAZORMOT-SE,
10 COMMON SCOTER -NW.
On the rocks- 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 BLACK H GULL,
THURS 18 JUNE
Overcast morning with a lot of mist - poor offshore visability.
Nothing at all offshore with just 15 OYSTERCATCHER & 1 LITTLE EGRET on the rocks .
On South Huish Marsh - 2 SWIFT , 7 SWALLOW , 20 HOUSE MARTIN,
3 STARLING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 10 PIED WAGTAIL, SEDGE WARBLER,2 COOT, 2 MOORHEN with 4 young , 1 MALLARD WITH 6 young , pair of SHELDUCK down to 1 young, 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET.
The Moth Trap provided a lot more interest- 2 Privet and 1 Elephant Hawk Moths , 2 Peppered, 3 Dark Arches, 11 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Snout, 1 Brimstone, 1 Buff Tip , 14 Heart & Dart, 1 Magpie, 1 Green Pug ,2 Buff Ermine , 1 Heart & Club .
WED 17 JUNE
Large number of Moths trapped last night- only time to process them so birding on hold
Singles of Privet , Popler and Elephant Hawk Moth, 4 Buff Ermine,
2 White Ermine , 8 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Angle Shades,
1 Peppered, 1 Dot Moth , 1 Willow Beauty, 6 Heart & Dart,
1 Marbled Minor, 1 Common Wave, 1 Flame , 1 Sandy Carpet,
1 Light Arches ,1 Foxclub Pug , 1 Doubled Lode
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
Alan’s photos of the WOOD SANDPIPER with WHIMBREL
FRI 28 JUNE
Record shot of this mornings MARSH HARRIER taken by Richie Moore
For a full frame image press on the photo
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 !
RUFF IN PARTIAL SUMMER PLUMAGE taken by Richie
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 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
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