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 MARCH review in the section headed 

2021 Monthly  Review this includes details of record number of DIVERS logged - 169 in total 

ROSS'S GULL -9 MAR 2020

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 .

TUES 20 APRIL 

Another pleasant spring day with a light E breeze .

Warren Point watch from 08.15- 09.30 

Offshore- GANNET - 40-SE , 10 -NW , 3 FULMAR -NW, 21 RAZORMOT 

- ON SEA .

ON the beach\ rocks - 12 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 22 WHIMBREL, 

7 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT, 2 SWALLOW.

At South Huish Marsh- 18 SHELDUCK, 20 TEAL ,1 F YELLOW WAGTAIL, 5 WHEATEAR, 1 SEDGE WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER , 

10 SAND MARTIN , 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW .

At 11.55 a report of a SPOONBILL , at 18.00 it was still there along with -6 WHEATEAR, 1 DUNLIN , 1 F YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 18 WHIMBREL ( over ) 

Report of a REDSTART ( 158 ) at Bolt Tail Wood this morning 

Second best moth catch of the year 41 of 15 species 

 

MON 19 APRIL 

Sunny morning , light frost , calm then SE F3 

WARREN POINT - 08.00- 09.30 , then Bay at South Huish Marsh -

57 GANNET -SE, 8 -NW, 2 FULMAR, 13 RAZORMOT, 

Waders - 23 WHIMBREL , 10 BAR TAILED GODWIT ( superb summer plumage) , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 8 TURNSTONE, 5 OYSTERCATCHER.

On the Marsh - 18 SHELDUCK , 15 TEAL , 1 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE , 

1 WHIMBREL, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, REED WARBLER 

Report from Hope from 07.10 -1 SANDWICH TERN, 3 WHIMBREL, 2 COMMON SCOTER , 2 SP BLACK THROATED DIVER-SE , 

1 RED THROATED DIVER- ON SEA , 14 MANX SHEARWATER- SE 

 

SUN 18 APRIL 

Cool start , sunny , no breeze 

Offshore 08.00- 0945 

30 GANNET - SE , 3 FULMAR, 2 SANDWICH TERN-SE, 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA - SE @09.20 , 7 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 3 RAZORBILL- ON SEA , 

20 WHIMBREL- E, 5 BAR TAILED GODWIT- E 

5 SKYLARK-N , 24 LINNET -N , 1 WHITETHROAT- by coast path .

On beach / rocks - 2 WHIMBREL, 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh - 1 DB BRENT GOOSE , 2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE 

(157 ) , 5 SHELDUCK, 20 TEAL, 1 SNIPE, 1 WHEATEAR, 1 RAVEN , 1 REED WARBLER 

THE raptor seen by Alan over Soar car park and then by Eric over Aveton Gifford was a MARSH HARRIER (158 ) 

Late evening report from Hope -126 MANX SHEARWATER- SE 

 

SAT 17 APRIL

Sunny but frosty morning - little offshore 

Offshore -7.30- 08.30- GANNET - 18 -SE , 4 -NW , 3 FULMAR, 

8 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 13 RAZORMOT.

Rocks - 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL, 2 TURNSTONE 

On South Huish Marsh- 17 TEAL , 9 SHELDUCK, 1 MALLARD with 9 day old duckling , 1 DB BRENT GOOSE , 7 WHEATEAR, 2 F YELLOW WAGTAIL , 

HOPE report - 5 COMMON SCOTER , 4 WHIMBREL .Testerday afternoon a flock of 25 WHIMBREL flew north 

On Yarmer Beach - 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 RINGED PLOVER.

 

16 April - YELLOW WAGTAIL at South Huish Marsh from Richie 

FRI 16 APRIL 

Yet another clod &frosty start to a sunny day, light E breeze .

08.15- 11.30 - evidence of spring passage .

Offshore - GANNET - 52-SE 2 NW , 2 FULMAR-NW, SHELDUCK- 4 NW, 3 SE , 5 COMMON SCOTER -SE, 1 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 12 RAZORMOT, 1 GUILLEMOT -ON SEA, 1 RED T DICER - ON SEA .

On rocks - 2 GREY PLOVER, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER (155 ) , 

1WHIMBREL, 6 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh- 26 TEAL , 11 SHELDUCK, 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT- IN OFF , 8 WHEATEAR, 14 LINNET , 

3 SWALLOW , 1 M YELLOW WAGTAIL ( 156 ), 1 BLACK H GULL . 

On the Golf Course - 1 WHEATEAR 

Early evening report from South Huish Marsh- 7 WHIMBREL, 5 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 4 WHEATEAR, 1 M YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 WATER PIPIT 

Evening update from South Efford Marsh- 3 GREENSHANK, 

2 WHIMBREL, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL- over 

 

THURS 15 APRIL 

Suuny morning , frost early , feeling very cold in a F 3/5 ENE wind .

Watched from Warren Pt 08.00-11.15 

Along the coast path - 2STONECHAT , 1 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 SWALLOW .

Offshore - GANNET - 90 NW , 101 SE , 4 FULMAR, 5 SANDWICH TERN, 5 RAZORMOT, 1 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 4 SHELDUCK -on sea , 

RED T DIVER - 1 -on sea, 2 NW 

GREAT N DIVER - the White bird which frequented the Kingsbridge Estuary in the winter flew SE @ 08.10 

Behind a trawler at least 30 GREAT B B GULL .

On Yarmer Beach -4 RINGED PLOVER, 4 TURNSTONE, 1 DUNLIN , 

15 OYSTERCATCHER 

14 APRIL- BAR TAILED GODWIT-,SOUTH HUISH MARSH 

 

WED 14 APRIL 

A lovely sunny morning calm conditions, frost at dawn .

First Seawatch from Warren Point - 07.45 - 11. 45 

Started well with a WHITETHROAT ( 153 ) along the coast path , 

also a SONG THRUSH and several LINNET 1 SWALLOW 

 

GANNET - 40 -SE , 17 NW , 18 FULMAR (10-NW, 8 SE ) , 

18 RAZORMOT, 2 GUILLEMOT, 2 RAZORBILL, , 1M 1 F TUFTED DUCK 

( landed on sea ) , 2 SHELDUCK-SE , 3 COMMON SCOTER -SE & 8 on sea , 3 MANX SHEARWATER -SE , 2 GREAT N DIVER - ON SEA , 

1 RED T DIVER - NW , 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA - SE ( 154 ) 

2 SANDWICH TERN, 2 WHIMBREL - 1 in off , 1 NW , 

On the beach/rocks - 23 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE, 

2 RINGED PLOVER 

Hope report 1- 06.40- 07.45 - 6 COMMIC TERN -SE, 83 COMMON SCOTER ( 2x30, 14, 5 &4 .)

2- 0815-09.40 - 2 RED T DIVER , 2 TUFTED DUCK , 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 9 COMMON SCOTER 

Evening report from South Huish Marsh- 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

4 WHEATEAR , 8 SWALLOW 

 

13 APRIL - LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, RING OUZEL- at South Huish Marsh- Richie Moore 

TUES 13 APRIL 

Reports received today -

Hope 07.00- 08.05 & 08.45- 09.35 

5 RED T DIVER, 4 COMMIC TERN , 3 SANWICH TERN , 22 COMMON SCOTER , 8 WHIMBREL - N in off .

Thurlestone Bay - 6 WHIMBREL flying across the bay 

Yarmer Beach - 2 RINGED PLOVER, yesterday 14 TURNSTONE 

Tidal Road - 1 BLACK SWAN ,  GOLDCREST, BLACKCAP , GREAT SP WOODY 

My garden - BULLFINCH, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, KESTREL 

Evening report for South Huish Marsh -

Richie found a superb Male RING OUZEL ( in paddock at side of the copse )( 152 ) - This could be a first for this site , also 1 WHIMBREL, 

7 SHELDUCK, 15 TEAL, 1 WATER PIPIT , LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still , 4 SWALLOW 

MON 12 APRIL 

Sunny, light shower , NW 5 - cold !

GANNET - 50 SE 65 NW , 7 FULMAR, 1 KITTIWAKE ( 1w ) , 

21 G B B GULL, 2 COMMON SCOTER - SE, 4 MANX SHEARWATER, 

2 SANDWICH TERN - NW .

Divers - RED T - 1 SE ( 8.21 ) 1 on sea ( 8.25 ) , GREAT N - 1 NW ( 8.12 ) 1 SE ( 8. 21 ) 

Hope Report- 07.05-08.05 - 18 COMMIC TERN , 1 RED T DIVER -SE 

On South Huish Marsh - 30 TEAL, 3 SHELDUCK, 1 WATER PIPIT, 

1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 3 SWALLOW .

In my garden - GREEN WOODY 

SUN 11 APRIL

Sunny & cold morning with a light NE breeze .

08.00-10.00 Offshore 

65 GANNET , 3 FULMAR, 2 SHELDUCK-NW, 1 M COMMON SCOTER -SE 

Between 08.10-08.50 a small passage of Terns - 6 SANDWICH TERN 

4 LITTLE TERN ( 150 ), 1 & then 2 ARCTIC TERN ( 151 ) .Both of the latter were flying very high -SE 

Divers - 1 GREAT N -SE , 1 GREAT N on sea , 1RED T SE .

14 RAZORMOT, 1 PUFFIN-SE 

On rocks - 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 WHIMBREL, 1 RINGED PLOVER.

On South Huish Marsh - 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 1 WATER PIPIT 

3 SHELDUCK, 25 TEAL, 1 REED WARBLER , 2 SWALLOW .

Report from Hope 07.00-08.00 - 

9 SANDWICH TERN-SE , on the sea singles of GREAT N & RED T DIVER 

SAT 10 APRIL 

Reports received today -

2 GREY PARTRIDGE in silo field by footpath to Hope Cove .

this evening on South Huish Marsh the first LITTLE RINGED PLOVER 

( 149 ) 

FRI 9 APRIL 

Another overcast morning with a light breeze - Offshore 08.10-09.30- 28 GANNET , 1 FULMAR, 4 COMMON SCOTER - on sea , 

6 RAZORMOT, 1 SANDWICH TERN 

Divers - 1 RED THROATED- NW, 1 BLACK THROATED- NW , 

1 GREAT NORTHERN - ON SEA 

On South Huish Marsh - 25 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK, 1 SNIPE, 1 WATER PIPIT , 1 REED WARBLER ( 147 ) 

Report from Huxton Cross / Lanes - 1 WHEATEAR, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 1 REDPOLL ( 146 ) 

Alan ringing at South Milton Ley- 4 CHIFFY , 1 SIBERIAN CHIFFY, 2 BLACKCAP , 1 CIRL BUNTING . On site - 1 GROPPA ( 148 ) , JAY , 

SPRAWK, 2 WILLOW WARBLER .

At Aveton Gifford/ Hatch Bridge- 2 GOOSANDER , KINGFISHER , 

2 WHIMBREL

THURS 8 APRIL 

Overcast morning with a light SW breeze .

Offshore - 08.00- 10.30 - GANNET- 80-SE, 93 -NW , 2 FULMAR-NW

5 COMMON SCOTER -SE , 6 RAZORMOT-NW , 4 RAZORBILL- ON SEA , 

5 SANDWICH TERN-SE 

DIVERS - RED THROATED- 5 NW 

BLACK THROATED- 1 SE , 1 ON SEA then flew SE @ 10.20 

GREAT NORTHERN-3 SE ( all singles , 1 on sea 

 On Rocks 7 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 LITTLE EGRET,1 PEREGRINE  - over SE .

ON South Huish Marsh -36 TEAL, 1 SHELDUCK, 3 HERON , 14 SWALLOW -N , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL.

Hope 07.30 - 08.00 - GREAT N DIVER -1 on sea , RED T DIVER - 1 -SE, 1 ON SEA , 4 COMMIC TERN , 3 KITTIWAKE, 8 COMMON SCOTER 

WED 7 APRIL 

An overcast morning, light shower , wind NW F 3 

Offshore 08.15- 09.30 - 42 GANNET - mostly NW , 1 FULNAR - SE 

3 COMMON SCOTER , 5 RAZORMOT-SE, 2 KITTIWAKE, 

DIVERS - RED T 2 SE ( 08.30, 09.10 ) , GREAT N - 1 onsea 08.35 

A WHIMBREL ( 144 ) flew into the Bay from south @ 09.10 

On rocks - 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 HERON , 

1 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh- 22 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK, 3 COOT, 10 SNIPE 

1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 6 SWALLOW , 1 SEDGE WARBLER 

Late afternoon- 5 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 WATER PIPIT ( sp )

Tidal Road - 5 REDSHANK , 1 0YSTERCATCHER , 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 6 SHELDUCK 

Report  from Hope - 1 RED T DIVER - SE @ 07.30

TUES 6 APRIL 

Unable to get out today - very cold with a few snowflakes 

Reports received - Off Hope - 1 RED T DIVER , 1 GREAT N DIVER , 

6 COMMON SCOTER , 1 SANDWICH TERN , 3 COMMIC TERN

Late afternoon at South Huish Marsh -20 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SAND MARTIN , 1 WATER PIPIT ( sp) 

MON 5 APRIL 

Overcast with a few bright periods m, increasing NNW F 5/6 wind .

Offshore 08.15-10.15- 21O GANNET ( mostly NW ) , 1 FULMAR , 1 AD MED GULL -NW , 1 KITTIWAKE-NW,3 LESSER B B GULL - IN OFF , 

19 BLACK H GULL - IN OFF, 4 COMMON SCOTER , 1 M TUFTED DUCK 

( 144 ) flew around bay , 20 RAZORMOT-SE , 4 MIPIT-N , 1 SKYLARK -N 

DIVERS - RED T -2 NW, 2 SE , 1 ON SEA 

BLACK T - 1 ON SEA 

GREAT N -2 SE 

Rocks - 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL.

Hope report - 07.15 - -8.15 - 18 SANDWICH TERN, 6 COMMON SCOTER, 1 PEREGRINE . DIVERS - RED T 4 -SE , BLACK T - 2 ON SEA, 

GREAT N - 3 SE .

-9.00- 10.0- - RED T -5 SE, 2 COMMON SCOTER , 1 COMMIC TERN .

On South Huish Marsh- 12 TEAL, 3 SHELDUCK, 6 STOCK DOVE , 15 BLACK H GULL , 2 1W MED GULL, 1 COMMON GULL, 3 SWALLOW , 1 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 WHITE WAGTAIL, 6 LINNET .

By Footbridge- 1 M  REED BUNTING .

Lanes - 3 YELLOWHAMMER 

 

SUN 4 APRIL 

Sunny cold but calm morning after a frost .

08.00-09.30 Offshore - a Diver fest with 11 logged -

20 GANNET, 2 FULMAR, 12 RAZORMOT-SE, 

RED THROATED DIVER- 4 SE , 1 SE, 2 ON SEA , 1 SE ( all between08.21 - 08.45 ) 

BLACK THROATED DIVER- 1 SE ( with the 4 Reds ) 

GREAT NORTHERN DIVER- 2 ONSEA, 1 SE ( 09.25 ) 

1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE - on sea 08.35- 09.10 

On Rocks - 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh- 20 TEAL , 4 SHELDUCK , 2 SNIPE , 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 SAND MARTIN, 2 STOCK DOVE, 1 CHIFFY , 1 SEDGE WARBLER.

At South Milton Ley- 25 + CHIFFY , 2 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 M BLACKCAP, 5 CETTIS WARBLER, 3 LONG T TIT, 2 BULLFINCH, 

1 MISTLE THRUSH, 2 WATER RAIL , 1 SPRAWK , 1 JAY 

Aveton Gifford- 3 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWALLOW 

SAT 3 APRIL 

An overcast morning with a NE wind increasing to F5/6 .

Seawatch from Leasfoot Beach - -7.55- 09.45 

Outstanding bird of the morning at 09.23 when I picked up on the sea a stunning BLACK THROATED DIVER in summer plumage , another had flown SE @ 09.20 with a RED THROATED DIVER-NW@

08.40 and another SE @ 09.31 .

65 GANNET, 4 FULMAR, 1 SANDWICH TERN, 1 COMMON SCOTER, 

8 RAZORMOT-SE, 5 LINNET, 3 STONECHAT 

In field behind T'stone Church a GREY PARTRIDGE (143 ) reported .

At South Milton Ley- 4 TEAL , 1 WATER RAIL , in a nearby garden a F BLACKCAP , 1 SPRAWK 

FRI 2 APRIL 

Offshore 08.30- 11.15 , Sunny with a cold ENE F6 wind .

GANNET - 50-SE 30-NW , 7 FULMAR, 1 SHELDUCK, 8 RAZORMOT-SE 

3 RAZORBILL- on sea , 1 PUFFIN - SE @09.27 ( 141 ) , 

26 COMMON SCOTER  ( 24 -SE , 2 N W - largest flock 10 ) 

1 RED T DIVER - NW , 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER ( 1 SE 09.25 

1 NW 10.40 ) , 5 SANDWICH TERN- NW , 2 COMMON TERN- SE 10.10 

( 142 ) , 1 KITTIWAKE, 8 BLACK H GULL & 1 1w MED GULL on sea , 

On Rocks - 13 OYSTERCATCHER , 1 GREY PLOVER 

On South Huish Marsh - 12 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK, 7 SAND MARTIN , 

1 WATER PIPIT .

South Milton - 1 JAY , 2 M BLACKCAP 

Aveton Gifford - 6 SAND MARTIN , 1 M BLACKCAP 

 

THURS 1 APRIL

Overcast with at first a F2 ENE wind which by 11.30 had increased to a F7 

In my garden at 07.15 - 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH , GOLDFINCH, 1 HERON , 2 MUTE SWAN -OVER-S .

08.20 - Offshore- GANNET - 180-SE, 36- NW , 4 FULMAR, 

2 SANDWICH TERN, 1 RED T DIVER -SE, 1 GREAT N DIVER-NW, 

2 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 30 RAZORMOT-SE, 4 RAZORBILL-on sea, 

8 MANX SHEARWATER -NW .

On rocks- 9 OYSTERCATCHER 

South Huish Marsh- 20 TEAL , 7 SHELDUCK, 2 WIGEON , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 LITTLE EGRET., 1 HERON, 3 COOT .

2 HOUSE MARTIN ( 140 ) , 20 SAND MARTIN , 12 SWALLOW , 

30 LINNET - all flew N 

Tidal Road - LESSER YELLOWLEGS STILL, 8 REDSHANK , 1 GREENSHANK , NUTHATCH.

So far 61 species recorded 

WED 31 MAR 

A very nice end to the month with 2 good patch year ticks .

Started overcast and gradually improved , just a light ESE breeze .

Offshore up to 09.45 - 130 GANNET-SE , 3 FULMAR -SE , 1 RED THROATED DIVER- NW , 1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE- on sea, 5 RAZORBILL -0n sea , 1 M COMMON SCOTER -SE .

6 OYSTERCATCHER .

South Huish Marsh- 20 TEAL , 6 SHELDUCK, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 SNIPE, 3 COOT, 3 LITTLE EGRET.

At 10.45 a SEDGE WARBLER (137 ) singing in the reeds in "yellow wagtail " corner . This is the first March record for the patch 

Mid afternoon news received from Ian T of a WRYNECK ( 138 )

on the coast path along from Leasefoot Beach - I think this is a spring first . Very elusive.

Late news - aNear Hatch Bridge a DIPPER (139 ) also a SEDGE WARBLER Singing on North Marsh 

TUES 30 MAR 

Fine sunny morning , light E breeze - OFFSHORE -8.10-0945 

GANNET - 254-SE, 105-NW, 1 FULMAR , 1 SANDWICH TERN -SE, 

1 LITTLE EGRET-SE, 1 GREAT N DIVER -NW , 12 RAZORMOT-SE ,

5 RAZORBILL - on sea 

On Beach / Rocks - 1 WHEATEAR , 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 DUNLIN, 

On South Huish Marsh - 1 SWALLOW , 20 TEAL , 6 SHELDUCK, 

2 WIGEON, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 COOT, 1 CHIFFY, 5 LINNET 

Report from Hope - 07.30-08.15 - 26 SANDWICH TERN , 14 MANX SHEARWATER, 13 COMMON SCOTER, 3 RED THROATED DIVER, 

This afternoon 2 SHOVELER ( in off )

At South Milton Ley  Alan carried out his first ringing session this year - 11CHIFFY, 2 CETTIS WARBLER , 1 BLACKCAP , 1 WILLOW WARBLER, on site 2 m CIRL BUNTING, 2 REED BUNTING , SPRAWK 

In my garden at 11.30 - 1 m BLACKCAP 

MON 29 MAR 

Cloudy until 10.30 then brighter with a F3 W wind .

By comparison with the last few days a quiet morning - Offshore -

GANNET -18 SE, 85 NW , 2 FULMAR , 7 COMMON SCOTER ,

3 RED THROATED DIVER-SE .

On the beach /rocks - 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 DUNLIN , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh- at 10.15 4 SAND MARTIN flew over , 

20 TEAL , 4 SHELDUCK, 3 COOT , just 1 BLACK HEADED GULL, 

100 HERRING GULL .

Report from Hope - 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 1 RED THROATED DIVER, 2 SANDWICH TERN .

At South Milton Ley - 10 CHIFFY , 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 2 WILLOW WARBLER ( 135 ) 1 JAY , 1 HERON , 2 TEAL 

At Hatch Bridge - 6 SAND MARTIN .

Over my garden at 07.15 2 SHELDUCK ( 64 ) 

Will be interesting to see if the warmer weather and a light E breeze 

produces anything in the morning 

Late afternoon report - on the Marsh - 2 SWALLOW (136 ) and on the beach - 2 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER 

SUN 28 MAR 

Cloudy morning with WSW F 7/8 wind .

Seawatch from 08.00- 10.45 - GANNET 57- SE , 217 -NW , 

5 FULMAR, 18 KITTIWAKE, 24 MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 

9 RAZORMOT, 2 RAZORBILL-on sea, 2 GUILLEMOT- on sea, 

6 RED THROATED DIVER, 1 BLACK THROATED DIVER, 1 GREAT N 

DIVER , 1 BONXIE - SE , 3 COMMON SCOTER, 15 SANDWICH TERN- SE, 7 CORMORANT, 2 SHAG

ON Rocks - 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 21 TURNSTONE, 1 GREY PLOVER 

 

South Huish Marsh- 30 TEAL , 2 WIGEON , 2 SHELDUCK 

500 HERRING GULL, 10 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.

Report from Hope - 3 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, 10 RED THROATED DIVER, 2 BLACK THROATED DIVER, 1 BONXIE 

Early evening on the beach - a WHEATEAR ( 13 4) and a DUNLIN 

SAT 27 MAR 

Report from Hope -  3 SANDWICH TERN, 9 RED THROATED DIVER, 

1 BLACK THROATED DIVER., also at 16.00 1 BLACK THROATED DIVER on sea .

My garden 08.00- 2 LONG TAILED TIT , 1 CHIFFY , 1 F CIRL BUNTING.

Huxton Cross 16.00 - 20 LINNET , 1 M YELLOWHAMMER 

Early evening South Huish Marsh- a sp WATER PIPIT 

FRI 26 MAR 

Heavy Rain until 10.15 , showers after, cold in a F6 Wind .

lack of shelter restricted my Seawatch to 40 min-

1 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER- on sea , 1 SANDWICH TERN- nw , 

2 FULMAR - nw , 4 GANNET -nw, 8 COMMON SCOTER- se 

On rocks - 4 TURNSTONE, 6 OYSTERCATCHER 

Report from Hope - 1MANX SHEARWATER, 2 RED THROATED DIVER, 

4 GREAT N DIVER, 5 SANDWICH TERN, 3 COMMON SCOTER, 

1 AD MED GULL 

On a quiet South Huish Marsh- 30 TEAL , 1M WIGEON, 

12 LESSER B B GULL 

THURS 25 MAR 

Started cloudy with showers and gradually improved to sunny periods , WSW F 3/4 wind .

Offshore from 07.50 - 164 GANNET ( 112 SE, 52 NW ) , 2 KITTIWAKE ( 1 1w ) , 2 FULMAR , at 09.40 picked up an ad ICELAND GULL ( 133 ) flying SE - during the morning there were a steady 

movement of HERRING GULL around 1000 in total , 1 ad MED GULL , 

1 DB BRENT GOOSE in the Bay ( until the kite surfers arrived ) , 

2 SANDWICH TERN, 1 RAZORBILL 0n sea , 5 RED T DIVERS -SE ( inc 3 together ) also 1 on sea .

On rocks - 4TURNSTONE , 1 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

Off Hope - 11 RED THROATED DIVER ( 10 -SE, 1 on sea ) 

2 GREAT N DIVER - SE , 6 COMMON GULL .

On South Huish Marsh - 4 CURLEW, 27 TEAL , 1 M WIGEON , 

late morning a F GARGANEY,,

A pair of BLACK REDSTART exported from South Milton / Thurlestone.

In my garden this afternoon- 1 GREEN WOODY feeding , 2 CHIFFY 

singing .

If visiting South Huish Marsh worth looking out for a 'different '

male STONECHAT - big white panels on the wings and a whitish rump - could be a Continental' Rubicola ' race - I have seen it twice this week 

WED 24 MAR 

After a cloudy start visability increased significantly from 10.15, 

light WSW breeze .

Extended Seawatch from 07.50 - 

16 GANNET , 3 KITTIWAKE, 1 AD LITTLE GULL, 2 SANDWICH TERN, 

2 SHELDUCK, 13 COMMON SCOTER , 1 F PINTAIL, 1 F LONG TAILED DUCK (132 ) , 12 RED THROATED DIVER ( 3 NW, 2 SE , 7 ON SEA included one flock of 5 ), 16 MANX SHEARWATER- NW, ( pales into insignificance with 2500 at Porthgwarra ) 12 RAZORBILL AND 2 GUILLEMOT-on sea , 6 SHAG , 11 CORMORANT.

On rocks - 3 OYSTERCATCHER , 1 LITTLE EGRET 

One flock of 8 duck flew into the Bay at 10.00 and landed on the sea , comprising 4 M 1 F COMMON SCOTER, 1 F PINTAIL and 1 F LONG TAILED DUCK - same flock flew SE again at 11.00 . First record of Long Tailed Duck since Jan 2019 . Also observed from Hope 

On South Huish Marsh only 30 TEAL , 1 M WIGEON , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Along the Tidal Road a GREEN SANDPIPER flew over 

TUES 23 MAR 

Cloudy morning with a brisk F4 SW wind .

Offshore - only a 30 min watch - 2 GANNET, 3 RED T DIVER - SE ( together) , 3 KITTIWAKE, 2 SANDWICH TERN - SE ( 129 ) , 18 RAZORMOT -SE , 16 RAZORBILL & 1GUILLEMOT - on sea .

Report from Hope - 6 RED THROATED DIVER, 1 SANDWICH TERN, 

8 LITTLE GULL ( feeding together off Bolt Tail ) ( 130 ) , 

1 MANX SHEARWATER (131), 49 COMMON SCOTER , 6 TEAL .

On South Huish Marsh- 30 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET 

Report this afternoon at South Huish Marsh- 6 WATER PIPIT 

( 1 in summer plumage) all by the pool in the overflow car park 

MON 22 MAR 

A sunny and calm morning - 

Offshore -1 RED T DIVER , 6 WIGEON ( flew in from west and landed ) 14 RAZORBILL , 6 SHAG 15 CORMORANT - All on the sea 

Only 3 OYSTERCATCHER on rocks .

On South Huish Marsh - 35 TEAL , 7 WIGEON , 2 SHELDUCK, 3 COOT , 3 LITTLE EGRET , 1 HERON , 3 SKYLARK, 5 LINNET ( first on the cast )6 SNIPE, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT.

North Marsh - Aveton Gifford- 3 SAND MARTIN reported ( 128 ) 

SUN 21 MAR 

A cloudy but calm morning - bird wise very quiet

Offshore - 5 GANNET , 1 TEAL -on sea , 24 RAZORBILL - on sea, 2 SHAG , 11 CORMORANT.

On rocks - 7 OYSTERCATCHER .

Very few Gulls .

On South Huish Marsh - 40 TEAL , 8 WIGEON , 2 SHELDUCK , 

3 COOT , 3 LITTLE EGRET , 2 HERON ., 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 

1 SNIPE 

Report from South Efford Marsh - 50 WIGEON, 30 TEAL , 15 SHELDUCK , LESSER YELLOWLEGS - still , 5 REDSHANK , 2 GREENSHANK, 1 LAPWING,  KINGFISHER , 8 LITTLE EGRET , 

1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 CURLEW .

FRI 19 MAR 

A cloudy morning with an increasing NE wind F3-5 

Offshore - 203 GANNET ( after 09.30 169 flew NW ) ., 1 FULMAR -SE , 2 KITTIWAKE -SE , 30 BLACK H GULL ( on sea then up the valley ), 

3 RED THROATED DIVER ( 1 on sea , 1 NW , 1 SE ) , 2 m SHOVELER-

on sea , 15 RAZORBILL - ON SEA.

On rocks - 8 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 TURNSTONE, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

Report from Hope - 1 2W GLAUCOUS GULL - NW ( 127 ) , 

1 BLACK THROATED DIVER, 1 RED THROATED DIVER.

On South Huish Marsh - 20 TEAL, 8 WIGEON ( 5 M ) , 2 SHELDUCK, 

7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 SNIPE, 3 HERON, 3 LITTLE EGRET.

My garden - 1 M CIRL BUNTING , 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 1 RAVEN.  

1 HERON 

Great moths night - 41 of 10 species 

THURS 18 MAR 

A nice sunny morning , light NNE breeze .

Offshore - 61 GANNET , 11 CORMORANT, 4 SHAG .

On sea - 1 BLACK THROATED DIVER, 1 RED THROATED DIVER, 30 WIGEON , 2 COMMON SCOTER , 1 M PINTAIL, 8 RAZORBILL .

3 SKYLARK- SE , Rocks - 4 OYSTERCATCHER.

South Huish Marsh - 25 TEAL , 8 WIGEON , 2 SHELDUCK, 1 COOT , 

2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 8 SNIPE , 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

Always at this time of the year to search through flocks of Gulls , 

270 HERRING GULL, 1 AD YELLOW L GULL ( 126 ) , 1 ad COMMON GULL , 4 LESSER BLACK B GULL, 1 1W GREAT B B GULL , 

18 BLACK HEADED GULL. 

On the other beaches - 4 TURNSTONE, 2 RINGED PLOVER , 2 OYSTERCATCHER 

Report from South Efford Marsh- LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 

KINGFISHER .

Lunchtime my garden - 1 m CIRL BUNTING, 4 GREENFINCH, 

1 RED L PARTRIDGE ( 63 ) 

WED 17 MAR 

A sunny morning after a light frost, calm .

Offshore - 28 GANNET, 1 FULMAR , On the sea - 1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 2 BLACK THROATED DIVER, 1 RED THROATED DIVER, 

5 COMMON SCOTER , 35 + TEAL , 5 SHAG , 11 CORMORANT.

On the rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 LITTLE EGRET,.

On South Huish Marsh - 44 TEAL , 8 WIGEON , 5 SHELDUCK , 

3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON 11 SNIPE, 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT .

2 WATER PIPIT ( 1 in nice summer plumage )

Report from Aveton Gifford / Tidal Rd - 1 BLACK SWAN ( 125 )

3 REDSHANK , 1 GREENSHANK , LESSER YELLOWLEGS - still , 1M MANDARIN , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER 

TUES 16 MAR 

A morning of bright periods with a NW F 3 /4 wind .

Offshore - 19 GANNET, 1 FULMAR, 2 KITTIWAKE, 7 RED THROATED DIVER ( 4 se , 1 se, 1 nw , 1 on sea ) , 3 RAZORBILL-on sea , 

1 HERON - NW , 3 MIPIT - NW , 35 BLACK HEADED GULL, 70 HERRING GULL, 5 GREAT B B GULL , 2 SHAG 

On South Huish Marsh - 7 WIGEON , 44 TEAL , 3 HERON, 2 COOT , 

5 SNIPE , 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 3 MUTE SWAN 

At Aveton Gifford a SPOONBILL over at 15.00 

Best moths night this year - 16 of 8 species 

MON 15 MAR 

Another quiet morning, bright periods with a F4WNW wind .

Offshore - 14 GANNET, 2 KITTIWAKE, 3 SHAG, on the sea -4 RAZORBILL, 1 GUILLEMOT.

On the rocks -17 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

On Yarmer Beach - 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 TURNSTONE, 2 RINGED PLOVER.

On South Huish Marsh- 8 WIGEON, 40 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK, 2 HERON , 2 LITTLE EGRET, 6 SNIPE, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 WATER PIPIT .

Around my garden - 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 

2 HERON 

At Aveton Gifford- 2 TREE CREEPER.

 

8 Moths of 6 species this morning. 

 

Sun 14 MAR 

A quiet morning - WSW F4/5 wind ., light showers .

Offshore just 2 GANNET , 2. SHAG .

Rocks - 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 OYSTERCATCHER.

South Huish Marsh- 8 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 7 MALLARD , 

1 COOT, 3 MUTE SWAN , 8 MOORHEN .

3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 4 SNIPE 

Moths 4 of 3 species 

MON 1 MARCH - First summer migrant arrival 

A sunny morning with a cold F5/7 ENE wind .

Offshore - 95 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 74 RAZORMOT, 3 SHAG ,

6 GREAT B B GULL , 

On the rocks - 17 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh- 

Ducks etc - 2 M GARGANEY ( 121 ) found asleep in the Reedbed at 10.30 -- after walking around the marsh I could not relocate them at 11.45 , 25 WIGEON, 32 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK, 1 F SHOVELER, 

1 DB BRENT GOOSE, 2 AD MUTE SWAN , 1 COOT , 3 LITTLE EGRET, 

2 HERON , 

Waders - 12 SNIPE, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 RINGED PLOVER , 

Gulls - 30 HERRING GULL, 25 BLACK H GULL , 3 AD 1 2 W MED GULL

3 LESSER B B GULL .

Near Huxton Cross- 75 + LINNET, BUZZARD , KESTREL , SKYLARK 

Tidal Road / Aveton Gifford- 8 REDSHANK , 2 GREENSHANK , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, CURLEW, LESSER YELLOWLEGS- still ., 

4 SHELDUCK, BULLFINCH, NUTHATCH, TREE CTREEPER ( 122) 

COAL TIT , GREY WAGTAIL 

Late report from James - this afternoon at least 2 males  showing well , photo below 

 

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