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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MON 12 NOV
Arrived back home late Sunday - unlikely my birding activities in the field will restart before the 26 Nov - Anne is completely immobile .
Only News rec’d for Sunday 11 Nov was 3 CATTLE EGRET at South
Efford Marsh .
This morning a covey of 20 RED L PARTRIDGE in a nearby field
THURS 8 NOV
Still in Bedford - info received from Eric , James & Nick since Mon
South Efford Marsh - 60 WIGEON , 3 GREEN SANDPIPER, GREENSHANK, REDSHANK , BLACK T GODWIT , DUNLIN , 2 KINGFISHER , CETTIS WARBLER ,2 WATER PIPIT .
Thurlestone Bay , GREAT N DIVER , MED GULL , BLACK REDSTART ,
MERLIN , SABINES GULL
WED 7 NOV
Whilst out birding on Monday Anne fell - it took the ambulance over 3 hours to reach us , she couldn’t be moved due to the pain . Yesterday she had a hip replacement operation in Bedford General .
likely to be a while before we get back to Devon - have packed all our optical equipment.
I will try and post any information received - looks some interesting winds on Friday
BRENT GOOSE , SNOW BUNTING , SHORE LARK - ALL JUST RECORD SHOTS - NORFOLK 3 NOV
SAT 3 NOV
James had a Red T Diver At -9.05 , 2 BONXIES - 09.30 , 10.25 - all SE .
Took our G/daughter for a day trip to Norfolk- Spent 6 hours in the car -but a very worthwhile trip .
Arrived At Titchwell RSPB At 12.00 - as usual,lot to see -
1500 KNOT , 500 BAR T GODWIT , 150 BLACK T GODWIT ,500 DUNLIN, 100 SANDERLING , 50 GREY PLOVER, 30 CURLEW, 50 REDSHANK , 2 GREENSHANK , 10 LAPWING , 6 AVOCET .
DUCKS - LOTS OF WIGEON , TEAL , SHOVELER ,SHELDUCK,
30 RED B MERGANSER , 20 G C GREBEV, 1 L GREBE ,
500 BRENT GOOSE DB, 1 MARSH HARRIER , 1 PEREGRINE.
1 GREY L GOOSE , 1 SANDWICH TERN.
Next stop Holkham Beach - wow ! With only a limited time managed to find my 2 target species - 8 SHORE LARK , & 40 SNOW BUNTING ( including some stunning ad males ), also SKYLARK , 1500 PINK F
GOOSE , 50 GREY L GOOSE , 20 BRENT GOOSE , 6 EGYPTIAN GOOSE ,
3 RED L PARTRIDGE
FRI 2 NOV
Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan had 27 new species - 1GOLDCREST,1 REED BUNTING ,4 CETTIS WARBLER ( that makes 10
ringed in the last 5 weeks , as far as we know none bred on the reserve this year )10 CHIFFY , 3 MIPIT , 1BLACKCAP . on Site 10 each of BLACKBIRD, REDWING , FIELDFARE ( feeding on berries )SPRAWK, BULLFINCH , 3 WATER RAIL ,GREEN WOODY .
At South Huish Marsh James & Terry Reported- 11SNIPE , 3 LAPWING , 1 WATER PIPIT .
Offshore good feeding flock of GANNET , BLACK H GULL , HERRING GULL , KITTIWAKE .
Anne & I visited Priory Country Park At Bedford - 20 G C GREBE , 4 L GREBE ,2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE , 4 HERON ,30 GADWALL , 20 WIGEON ,
6 SHOVELER, 5 TEAL, 3 TUFTED DUCK, 1 GREEN &1 GREAT SP WOODY .
THURS 1 NOV
News rec’d - the PEC SANDPIPER still on South Huish Marsh ( now been present for 14 days ) Also SNIPE TEAL , on the rocks RINGED PLOVER , TURNSTONE .
WED 31 OCT
News received from Dave Pakes - At South Huish Marsh the PEC SANDPIPER continued to show , TEAL & SNIPE also .
James in addition from Hope in 1hr10 mins a massive total of 396
KITTIWAKE flew SE .
We visited The Pillinge & Stewartby Lake today in Bedfordshire , a total of 48 species recorded -highlights - RED KITE , BUZZARD , SPRAWK , KESTREL , MERLIN , 41 G C GREBE , 6 L GREBE , 200 WIGEON , 20 SHOVELER, 120 TUFTED DUCK, 30 GADWALL , 15 TEAL,
3 GREY L GOOSE , 15 CORMORANT, COMMON GULL , LBB GULL , 2 WATER RAIL, 4 GREEN WOODY , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 50 LAPWING , 1 L EGRET , 3 CETTIS WARBLER, SISKIN , REED BUNTING
MON 29 OCT
A cold frosty start , clear skies light NE breeze .
A 50 min Garden Watch from 07.25 produced 31 species inc -
24 CHAFFINCH , 37 GOLDFINCH , 4 JAY , 4 REED BUNTING , 1 CIRL BUNTING, 1 GREEN WOODY , 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 10 STOCK DOVE ,
This mornings WOOD PIGEON count was 3350 .
Joined by Graham this morning - An hours seawatch from 09.00 and an hour from 11.00 produced - 325 GANNET , 115 AUKS - S
3 DB BRENT GOOSE ( 2-s @-9.10 , 1-n @ 11.50 ) , 1 F EIDER ( flew in from N & landed on sea @ 09.40 ) 2M COMMON SCOTER -S ,
5 JUV RED B MERGANSER ( flew in from N , landed on sea @ 11.20 , flew off S after 5 min - also logged by James At Hope Cove ) ,
1 FULMAR -N , 1 KITTIWAKE-N .
JAMES picked up a RED T DIVER flying S & aDIVER sp also S
Waders on the rocks - 10 DUNLIN + 7 which flew in off sea ,
7 RINGED PLOVER , 7 TURNSTONE.
On South Huish Marsh the PECTORAL SANDPIPER showed well on the front pool at 10.30 , also 2SNIPE , 30 TEAL , 3 LITTLE EGRET .
By the Copse a REDWING & a BULLFINCH
Nice photo of a MERLIN by Alan Doidge At South Huish Marsh
SUN 28 OCT
A very cold day with a biting NNE F7 wind .
A 30 min Garden Watch produced 26 species -3 WIGEON -E , 1 CHIFFY , 31 GOLDFINCH , 6 CHAFFINCH . BEST WOOD PIGEON movement - 5300 in 30 mins Inc flocks of 1100 & 1000 .
Offshore - 130 GANNET , 1 M COMMON SCOTER , 1 AD MED GULL ,
at 11.10 a RED T DIVER flew in from W and landed on sea.
On the rocks - 5 DUNLIN ( + 4 in off ) , 7 RINGED PLOVER ,
On the Marsh - 35 TEAL , 1 SNIPE .
In the car park at Aveton Gifford Eric had a FIRECREST .
SAT 27 OCT - 200& 201 species for the year
Was on my balcony for 07.35 had one of the best early morning watches with 35 species recorded in an hour & 2 patch year ticks!
At -7.50 picked up 2 WHOOPER SWAN (200 ) flying west and calling ( only the 3rd record in the last7 years ), At 08.25 a REDPOLL ( 201)flew N picked up first on call .
2 REDWING , 1 FIELDFARE , 1 SONG THRUSH , 4 BLACKBIRD , 2 JAY , 4 RAVEN -N ,1GREY WAGTAIL .
Big WOOD PIGEON PASSAGE all SE -2820 , Largest flock 500 ( twice ) , also5 STOCK DOVE , 9 COLLARD DOVE -SE was unexpected
Of interest 8 Whooper Swan Reported On rocks off Lannacombe this morning
FRI 26 OCT
Change in the weather this morning - cloudy early , light showers
brisk F5NNW wind .
An hours seawatch from 09.00- 180GANNET-W, 7 KITTIWAKE-E,
23 RAZORMOT- E , 2 COMMON SCOTER -W .
By the footbridge a LITTLE GREBE .
On South Huis Marsh - 35 TEAL , 5 BLACK T GODWIT . The PECTORAL SANDPIPER again Reported At 16.30- no sign of it this morning , 2 CHIFFY
Late News from Eric - working party at South Efford Marsh flushed everything off , however whilst sat outside the hide he had GROPPA
in the grass only a few feet away !
THURS 25 OCT
Another fine sunny day with only a light NW breeze .
A 30 min Garden Watch from 08.00 produced 23 species inc-
3GREY WAGTAIL , 2 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 JAY, 1 CHIFFY , 1 M CIRL BUNTING . A brief look this afternoon added 1 KESTREL & GREEN WOODY .
Offshire this morning - 90 GANNET , 3 RAZORMOTT -E , 2 GUILLEMOT- on sea , A GREAT CRESTED GREBE - on sea , best of all - a M RED B MERGANSER flew E at 09.50 ( only 2nd patch record this year )
On the rocks -4 RINGED PLOVER , 5 DUNLIN , 2 TURNSTONE.
On South Huish Marsh - 40 TEAL , 1 WATER PIPIT - This afternoon Alan had the PECTORAL SANDPIPER again .
Ringing this morning Alan only had 22 new birds inc -
4 GOLDCREST , 8 CHIFFY , 1 CETTIS WARBLER , 1 SONG THRUSH , 1MIPIT . Overhead - 3SISKIN , 1 REDWING
WED 24 OCT
Acouple of hours this afternoon from 16.00 produced 32 species from my garden inc - SPRAWK , 1MERLIN , 4JAY, 1CHIFFY ,2 CIRL BUNTING ,
2 STONECHAT 1 GREY WAGTAIL, .Only birds to roost were 15 PIED WAGTAIL .
This morning South Huish Marsh held 400+ CANADA GOOSE & 15
TUES 23 OCT
A 45 min Garden Watch from 07.45 in clear calm conditions only produced 27 species inc - 2 CHIFFY , 4 SONG THRUSH , 6 BLACKBIRD , only 220 WOOD PIGEON .
No sign of either the Little Stint or the Pec Sandpiper today - 35 TEAL , 2 BLACK T GODWIT, 35 SKYLARK- Over .
Offshore 50 GANNET , 5 COMMON SCOTER .
James had 2 GREAT N DIVER fly high SE over Bolt Tail @ 09.10 ( first of the autumn )
MON 22 OCT
A clear if cool morning with aNNE F4/5 wind .
A 45 min Garden Watch produced 27 species highlight of which was aYELLOW BROWED WARBLER ( 198 ) following a small party of LONG T TIT in willows, thankfully it was calling - only brief views .also, 2RAVEN , 2 JAY , 23 GOLDFINCH , 28 STOCK DOVE , ONLY 220 WOOD PIGEON , 180 JACKDAW -S .
Joined by Graham this morning - Offshore 4 COMMON SCOTER ,
250 +GANNET in a feeding frenzy in Bigbury Bay .13 RAZORMOT .
On the rocks 5 RINGED PLOVER .
On South Huish Marsh - Both juv LITTLE STINT & PECTORAL SANDPIPER ( now Present for 5 days ) can be elusive if the 400+
CANADA GOOSE have flown in .Also 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 40 TEAL , 1 MERLIN
At Hope James had a MARSH HARRIER -N over thesea at 09.25 ,
2 GOLDEN PLOVER over Bolt Tail & At Inner Hope a RING OUZEL
(199) . This afternoon he had a MERLIN
Eric reports no change to birds on South Efford Marsh .
What will the years 200th specie be ?
SUN 21 OCT
The exceptional late autumn weather continues - cloud early giving way to blue sunny skies from 09.30 , calm conditions .
A 1hr 20min viz mig watch from my garden from 07.40 produced
29 species inc - 85 STARLING , 58 GOLDFINCH , 5 GREENFINCH ,
36 SKYLARK , 14 BLACKBIRD , 4 SONG THRUSH , 410 WOOD PIGEON , 15 STOCK DOVE , 4 JAY , 5 LONG T TIT . This afternoon a LAPWING over .
By the footbridge At 10.00- 2 CHIFFY , 2 REED BUNTING , 1M CIRL BUNTING , 6 GREENFINCH , 2 STONECHAT , 6 BLACKBIRD ,
3 SONG THRUSH . A F MERLIN flew over .
On South Huish Marsh ( before 300+ CANADA GOOSE FLEW IN ! )
Both the juv LITTLE STINT & PECTORAL SANDPIPER , 4 BLACK T GODWIT , 2 SNIPE , 40 TEAL, 2 REED BUNTING , 2 CIRL BUNTING .
2 CLOUDED YELLOW in flight .
Yesterday Nick had a LITTLE GULL by the footbridge .
More photos from Alan on Friday’s Report
SAT 20 OCT
Another fabulous autumnal day - sunny , warm & no wind
A 2hour viz mig watch in clear conditions not as good as expected
32 species recorded inc -85 STARLING , 150 JACKDAW ( moving SE high in flocks 20+) , 19 SKYLARK , 60 GOLDFINCH , 13 CHAFFINCH , 10 GREENFINCH , 15 BLACKBIRD , 4 SONG THRUSH , 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 CHIFFY , 5 STOCK DOVE , only 570 WOOD PIGEON ,
1 GREAT SP WOODY ,
A walk around the Golf Course highlights by 2 REED BUNTING , 1 CHIFFY .
Late afternoon news from Alan At South Huish Marsh , the PECTORAL SANDPIER & LITTLE STINT showing well .
Eric reports from South Efford Marsh- 2 WATER PIPIT , 8 GREENSHANK, otherwise no change .
FRI 19 OCT
A clear sunny morning with calm conditions .
An hour viz mig over the garden from 08.00 very good 31 species recorded-
110 GOLDFINCH , 15 GREENFINCH , 19 CHAFFINCH , 8 SISKIN ,
660 WOOD PIGEON ( largest flocks 150 & 100 ), 8 COLLARD DOVE ,
2 MUTE SWAN , 2 SONG THRUSH , 2 MISTLE THRUSH , 1 REDWING (first this autumn ), 2 GREY WAGTAIL , 1 JAY , 1 CETTIS WARBLER .
On South Huish Marsh - 40 TEAL , 1 JUV LITTLE STINT, 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 6 SNIPE , 1 WHEATEAR ,
On the rocks -2 REDSHANK , 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN .
By the footbridge - 1 LITTLE GREBE, 1 SPRAWK
Late afternoon News from Alan At South Huish Marsh - JUV LITTLE STINT , 2 WATER PIPIT ( first of the autumn ) Photos later .
Alan ringed 64 new birds at South Milton Ley - 2CETTIS WARBLER , 3 BLCKCAP, 18 CHIFFY, 2 GOLDCREST, 5 ROBIN, 1 REED BUNTING, 1 BULLFINCH, 6 MIPIT . Also on site - 2 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 GREEN WOODY , 3 SISKIN
Photos of LITTLE STINT , PECTORAL SANDPIPER & WATER PIPIT FROM ALAN DOIDGE
JUV PECTORAL SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH - taken by Paul Rossiter
THURS 18 0CT
A nice autumnal day - sunny with an F3 NE wind
A day out showing Chris Andrews Around the patch with a visit to East Soar/ Starehole Bay
Started at South Huish Marsh at 09.00- 35 TEAL , 2 WIGEON ,1 KINGFISHER, 2 LITTLE GREBE , 8 WHEATEAR ( highest count this autumn ) Finished the day there at 16.30 with a few surprises-
1 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE 1 JUV PECTORAL SANDPIPER ( 2nd Record this year ) , 1juv LITTLE STINT ( 197 ) , 1juv YELLOW WAGTAIL .
On the rocks - 5DUNLIN , 2 RINGED PLOVER , 3 TURNSTONE ,.
On South Efford Marsh at 12.00 - 7 GREENSHANK , 5 REDSHANK ,
20 BLACK T GODWIT , 22 CURLEW , 6 TEAL , 2 GREY WAGTAIL .
Later this pm Eric had 2 BAR T GODWIT , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER.
An afternoon visit to East Soar/ Starehole Valley found A YELLOW BROWED WARBLER in the willows At the back of the small pond , also a WATER RAIL calling , in Starehole Valley 2 RING OUZEL , 2 BLACK CAP , 1 WHEATEAR .
Late afternoon by the Golf Course July had 6 WHEATEAR.
Visits both this morning and late afternoon no sign of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE ( no reports rec’d yesterday either ) , assume it has now moved on
A day out in Cornwall with Alan Eric & Graham
First visit to Treeve Moor Farm where in 2.5 hours we had about 2.5 mins of views of the GREY CATBIRD - first views were the best both scope & Bins - watched it eat a Blackberry , 2 further views were brief . Alan’s photos will be posted later . A CHOUGH flew over giving good views including calling .
Whilst the 60 foot scrub at Pothgwarra was birdless , the nearby Lower Roskestral Farm gave a juv ROSE COLOURED STARLING & a juv TURTLE DOVE .
Final visit was to Hayle Estuary- 300+ WIGEON , 350 TEAL , 1M GADWALL , 1SPOONBILL , 2 BAR T GODWIT , 10 LAPWING , 30 CURLEW ,5 REDSHANK, 10 MED GULL , 1 GREYLAG GOOSE .
A long day but very rewarding one
TUES 16 OCT
A cloudy morning with SW F3 breeze - very quiet today
Offshore - 45 GANNET , 4 COMMON SCOTER -E .
On South Huish Marsh - 41 TEAL , 2 LITTLE GREBE , 6 SNIPE , 3 LITTLE EGRET , 1 SWALLOW , 20 MIPIT
The ISABELLINE SHRIKE continues to show well to an increasing audience .
Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan had 24 new birds -2 BLACKCAP , 2 CETTIS WARBLER,8 CHIFFY , 1 GOLDCREST, 4 MIPIT
Latest images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE provided by Steve Hopper
MON 15 OCT
A cloudy morning with showers, cool NE F4 wind . Joined by Graham this morning .
Started Off by walking around the Golf Course , Spent 30 mins watching the ISABELLINE SHRIKE, showed well down to 15 feet at times . Still attracting a number of visitors.
offshore - 25 GANNET , 29 COMMON SCOTER , 1 M WIGEON , 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA -W , .
OVERHEAD PASSAGE - 90 MIPIT , 10 PIED EAGTAIL ,27 SWALLOW , 13 HOUSE MARTIN , 10 LINNET .
On South Huish Marsh -40 TEAL , 4 DUNLIN .
Flying Over the footbridge - A F GOSHAWK -NW @ 10.45 ( 196 - a patch life tick ), later a m MERLIN also flew NW .
Waders on the beach Reported by Steve Hopper - 11DUNLIN ,
5 RINGED PLOVER .
This afternoon by the car park a WHEATEAR .
SUN 14 OCT
A cloudy wet morning , rain ceased around 11.45 - afternoon with some sunny periods , a cold NNW F3/4 WIND .
On South Huish Marsh this morning 40TEAL , 4 LITTLE EGRET ,
4 SNIPE .
THE ISABELLINE SHRIKE Reported by Eric & Roger as showing well this afternoon - lots of visiting birders , also 3 SWALLOW .
Decided today was an extended Garden Watch - 15min Around 08.30 , 11.40-13.00, 15.00-16.00 & 17.00-18.00 - very interesting
34 species recorded - 305 GOLDFINCH ( largest flock 80, several in excess of 20 - all E ) 34 CHAFFINCH , 55 MIPIT , Only 1BLACKBIRD , 2 FIELDFARE ( flew over N calling @15.25) 37 STARLING -N ,
19 PIED WAGTAIL -E , 3 STOCK DOVE , 2 SAND MARTIN ( very late patch record ) 8 SWALLOW -E , 2 LITTLE EGRET , 1JAY , 5 SKYLARK,
4 LONG T TIT , 1 CHIFFY , 200 CANADA GOOSE ,
One of the best sights you can Watch is a hunting BARN OWL - seen briefly at 08.30 and then reappeared at 17.50 , gave superb views
SAT 13 OCT
A different morning than expected - no rain , wind no more than SSW 7 .
Offshore a 2 hour seawatch only produced 175 GANNET & a COMMON TERN all E . A HOBBY flew over - later seen over the Marsh . On South Huish Marsh 40 TEAL , 1 1W MED GULL , A PERGRINE flew over . Nick reported a COMMON TERN earlier .
On the beach a sole DUNLIN
By Horswell House a MISTLE THRUSH .
Eric Reported the ISABELLINE SHRIKE showing well in the same bushes at the side of the Golf Course remarkable considering the last 36 hours weather conditions .
news from James At Hope - 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 8 BONXIE,
1 ARCTIC SKUA, 4 COMMON TERN , 2 MED GULLS - most sightings in the afternoon
FRI 12 OCT
Storm Callum duly arrived in the early hours - wind F 8/9 S , Heavy rain until 10.15 when the horizon cleared . Very rough seas . A good for seawatching - interesting comparisons between my watch site and James At Hope
MY 2 visits were 10.15- 12.45 & 15.20- 17.00
On South Huish Marsh - 1ad 1 1w MED GULL , 135 BLACK H GULL ,
at 12.35 a ROSEATE TERN (194 ) amongst them briefly - a late date for this specie . 35TEAL 3 SNIPE
On the beach / rocks - 22 DUNLIN , 11 RINGED PLOVER , 9 TURNSTONE, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER ( 195 )
Offshore - 1000 + GANNET , 10 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ., 4 COMMON SCOTER , 5 BONXIE , 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA , 2 COMMON TERN
James watched from Hope 11.00-13.00 & 14.00-16.00 ( higher point than the flats ) his impressive totals -
32 BONXIE ( an autumn day record ) , 4ARCTIC SKUA , 1 POM SKUA , 9 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 1 SOOTY SHEARWATER , 1 FULMAR ( scarce at this time of the year ) 4 COMMON TERN IN THE BAY
THURS 11 OCT
A wet morning with a F5 SE wind .
A short visit to South Huish Marsh -32 TEAL , 1AD MED GULL ,
1F/1W YELLOW WAGTAIL , 1 SNIPE , 2 RINGED PLOVER .
On the beach Alan had a 1w YELLOW L GULL .
Cloudy afternoon and less wind - went for another viewing of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE -still showing very well , over 30 visitors today , it is now the most photographed bird on the patch this year .
At 16.30 a SWALLOW flew over my garden
An afternoon visit by Eric to South Efford Marsh - 2 BAR T GODWIT , 20 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 REDSHANK , 9 GREENSHANK , 15 CURLEW , 80 TEAL , 2 WIGEON .
Stormy and wet for the next 2 days F10 S winds could be interesting
2 more images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE
WED 10 OCT
Brief report of a MEGA -found by Ian Teague at13.30 sat in bushes at the side of the Golf Course - aDAURIAN SHRIKE ( 193) 1W
This is the second patch record - First was on 14 OCT 2015 .
Photos follow - First 2 are from Alan Doidge
Information rec’d from Chris Heard via Eric - the rarities com will no longer accept specific 1w shrikes - this bird will have to be assigned to ISABELLINE SHRIKE .
News rec’d from Rob Murphy and Mark Bailey of a SHORT EARED OWL in off the sea at 17.30
The Shrike went to roost at 17.45 - with a big change in weather conditions over the next 3 days will it stay ?
Early morning an hours Garden Watch from 07.25 produced 32 species - 33 SISKIN, 40 MIPIT ,95 LINNET, 115 GOLDFINCH , 15 CHAFFINCH .
9 PIED WAGTAIL , 4 CHIFFY , 1 BLACKCAP , 2 SONG THRUSH , 1 WIGEON -E, 1 GREAT SP WOODY.
At SOUTH HUISH MARSH - 51 PIED WAGTAIL ( many S ),
10 SISKIN -S ,15 SKYLARK , 70 MIPIT , 35 GOLDFINCH , 3 CHIFFY ,
1M WIGEON , 22 TEAL ,
Offshore - 75 GANNET , 2 GUILLEMOT, 1MANX S’WATER ( James K
at Hope )
Record shots of TREE SPARROW , REDSHANK , BARNACLE GOOSE
at RSPB SALTHOLME
TUES 9 OCT
News rec’d from James of 3 DP ARCTIC SKUA IN THE BAY YESTERDAY EVENING .
ERIC back from his Shetland visit with Alan reports very little change at South Efford Marsh this morning - 2 BAR T GODWIT ,
BLACK T GODWIT , GREENSHANK, REDSHANK , CURLEW , 80 TEAL , 1 WIGEON .3 COMMON GULL .
Alan ringed 26 new birds this morning - 4 MIPIT , 3 BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY , also on site - WATER RAIL , BULLFINCH CIRL BUNTING . ,
65 SKYLARK,& 6 SISKIN OVER , 2 GREY WAGTAIL
A F BLACK REDSTART back in a neighbours garden .
MON 8 OCT
Final Report On our visit to the Teeside area - visit for a family wedding not birding !
Spent 2.5 hours at RSPB Saltholme - quite a selection of species -
60 PINK FOOTED GOOSE - N , another 80 found in a field as we were leaving , 80+ BARNACLE GOOSE , 50 GREYLAG GOOSE , 20POCHARD , 1F PINTAIL , 1 TUFTED DUCK , GREAT CRESTED & LITTLE GREBE ,
2 SHELDUCK , 100TEAL , 20 WIGEON , 350 LAPWING , 1 DUNLIN , 2 REDSHANK , 1 CURLEW , 15 BLACK T GODWIT ,
One of the attractions is the birds visiting a feeding station, amongst the commoner birds were 10 TREE SPARROW .
Picked up 3 year ticks
A few of the 170 photos of SANDERLING , KNOT , DUNLIN , REDSHANK , TURNSTONE -taken on the rocks at Redcar - none have been cropped!
SUN 7 OCT
A fine sunny if cold morning , wind w increased to F5/6 .
South Gare disappointing - only 13 CURLEW , 2 GUILLEMOT.
Remembered how good the rocks could be off Redcar for Waders on a rising tide , it must be over 55 years since I last counted them . Today watched in excess of 1600 most viewed from less than 100 feet , now I know why I grew up realising how much I enjoyed waders .
Todays count in excess of 1600 in 1.5 hours from 11.40 -
700 OYSTERCATCHER, 200 REDSHANK , 450 TURNSTONE, 70 KNOTT,
150 SANDERLING, 50 DUNLIN , 30 RINGED PLOVER , 1 PURPLE
SANDPIPER, . OFFSHORE 10 GANNET , 4M 2F EIDER - N.
A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR
RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER
WOOD SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 AUG
PHOTOS OF CATTLE EGRET 28 AUG
Record shots of SEDGE WARBLER in my garden
OSPREY Aveton Gifford 16 Aug. by Alan Doidge
REED AND SEDGE WARBLER in the reeds On 21 July
RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK & SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6 JUNE
SANDERLING - 4 MAY
WHIMBREL & BAR T GODWIT 3 MAY
PHOTOS OF THE PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER AND
DUNLIN At South Huish Marsh / rocks 1 May 2018
BAR T GODWIT , 2 POOR RECORD SHOTS OF THE CURLEW SANDPIPER - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 APRIL
Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April
GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR
PHOTOS 4 MAR South Huish Marsh -GARGANEY , SANDWICH TERN & MED GULL , RUFF , KNOT
PHOTOS 23 FEB - CATTLE AND LITTIE EGRET ON THURLESTONE MARSH , WIGEON AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH ALSO AN AD MED GULL
Thurs 18 Jan - THURLESTONE MARSH 08.00
LOOK WHAT WAS OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW AT 08.00
A nice year garden tick , on the scrape behind my garden at 11.15
30 DEC , also 2 HERON &8MALLARD
LAPWING BEEN ON HIS OWN SINCE EARLY NOV AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 27 NOV
RECORD SHOTS OF SANDERLING on the rocks 21 NOV 2017
CATTLE EGRET AND WHEATEAR around South Huish Marsh Oct 2017
CURLEW SANDPIPER, BAR TAILED GODWIT, LITTLE STINT All on South Huish Marsh 26 Sept 2017
Photos taken 18 Sept 2017 at South Efford Marsh of
BAR T GODWIT, REDSHANK, GREENSHANK , CATTLE EGRET
Photos from my new P900 camera - GREY PHALAROPE at South Milton Sands and on South Huish Marsh on 12 Sept 2017
Photo of PEC SANDPIPER taken by Alan Doidge Sept 2016
Some more of the fab photos from Alan Doidge of the bird of the year for Thurlestone- they are superb
2 more photos from Alan D of a WHITE FRONTED GOOSE and a 1w
ICELAND GULL taken at the end of Feb at South Huish Marsh
2 more photos of the GLAUCOUS GULL taken by Alan D at South Huish Marsh 3 APRIL 2017
Photos of the SPOONBILL and CATTLE EGRET from James K and SPOONBILL by Steve Hopper at South Huish Marsh on 5 April
2 photos of CATTLE EGRETS at South Efford Marsh 13 July 2017
taken by Alan Doidge
Record shot of the GARGANEY on South Huish Marsh on 16 March
by Alan Doidge
A nice close up of the bill of the WHITE FRONTED GOOSE at South Huish Marsh taken by James K
Whist waiting for auditions for the remake of Last of the Summer Wine our photographic agent Steph Murphy took this publicity shot at Broadsands this morning of Eric Tony and myself
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
PURPLE HERONS at South Huish Marsh
2 photos from Alan Doidge taken 24 April 2016
Some stunning photos of SQUACCO HERON by Alan Doidge
Consensus of opinion is there is at least 2 birds in the South Hams area . Confirmed by simultaneous sights last night of birds at Beesands Ley and at Prawle Point . Still one bird on the Scillies. Until comparison of photos can be made the jury will have to be out on whether the South Milton bird on Wed was another one !