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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REED AND SEDGE WARBLER in the reeds On 21 July
SUN 22 JULY
A day for the sun worshipers.
Very few birds around a SEDGE WARBLER , 25 HOUSE MARTIN , 20 SWALLOW AT South Huish Marsh .
Offshore just a single GANNET . An interesting vessel moving through the Bay At 11.00 - Solent Guardian Survey Ship - perhaps his Sat Nav not working properly
SAT 21 JULY
A cloudy morning after some light o/night showers .
On the rocks an AD MED GULL , 1 WHIMBREL( flew east at 08.30 )
A 20 min watch of the Reed beds by the footbridge was very good , probably due to the o/night showers - 1 COOT ( juv ) , 8 REED WARBLER , 5 SEDGE WARBLER , 3 WHITETHROAT, 2 CHIFFY ,
3 REED BUNTING , RINGED PLOVER (flew over ) .
A GREEN WOODY feeding on our scorched lawn was a surprise .
News from Alan of ringing sessions on Tues / Wed -114 new birds
including- 32 BLACKCAP, 16 CHIFFY , 24 REED WARBLER ,
11 SEDGE WARBLER , 2 WHITETHROAT, 1 WILLOW WARBLER ( first of the autumn passage ) 2 PIED WAGTAIL . 2 GREY WAG on site
and a UK control REED WARBLER .
FRI 20 JULY
With news breaking late yesterday of a Black Stork at Avon Dam , Spent the morning with Eric at South Efford Marsh and the north marsh up to Hatch Bridge - unfortunately no sign of any Stork .
Sightings - 3 GREENSHANK , 26 CURLEW , 1 WHIMBREL, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 KINGFISHER , 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 2 JAY .
THURS 19 JULY
High cloud dispersed to leave a sunny warm morning with a light SW breeze .
Offshore only 2 GANNET , Whilst at Hope James had 4 distant
COMMON SCOTER .
At South Huish Marsh 4 DUNLIN and a first July record for a SNIPE .
Around 100 SWALLOW , 8 SAND MARTIN , 15 HOUSE MARTIN,
Eric had a GREEN SANDPIPER by the road bridge at Aveton Gifford at 07.30
WED 18 JULY
A cloudy morning with a light F2 SW breeze .
A juv WHEATEAR on Yarmer Beach , Offshore only 5 GANNET.
Some wader arrivals on South Huish Marsh - 1BLACK T GODWIT ,
at 11.10 3 DUNLIN &2 RINGED PLOVER flew in , followed at 11.20
by 2 more DUNLIN .
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 4 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK ,
15 CURLEW , 2 DUNLIN, 1 WHIMBREL, 2 GREEN SANDPIPER.
TUES 17 JULY
A fresher morning with high cloud , WSW3 inc to F5 .
Offshore - 30 GANNET W , later morning a feeding flock of 210+ GANNET inc large number of Juv’s . 2 FULMAR , 19 MANX S’WATER ,
29 SWIFT ( flew NW in 2 flocks At 09. 15-09.30 )
over South Huish Marsh - 60+ SWALLOW , 20 HOUSE MARTIN ,
4 SAND MARTIN , 4 SWIFT , 2 LITTLE EGRET , 1 JUV RAVEN
Eric at South Efford Marsh reports - 4 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK ,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER .
At 21.15 T’stone Marsh - 3000 SWALLOW ROOST , also 60 STARLING .
MON 16 JULY
A sunny warm morning with increasing high cloud , flat calm sea .
Moving through the Bay - 19 GANNET -5AD, 10 2S , 4 JUV ,
1 SANDWICH TERN-E , 1 LITTLE TERN ( found sitting on a bouy , then fishing for almost 45 min ) 1 MANX S’WATER - E .
5 SWIFT flew through , 15 SWALLOW , .
By the footbridge 3 REED WARBLER
News from Dave Pakes - on Tues 10 Jul he had A GROPPA (178) At South Milton Ley - heard and seen
SAT 14 & DUN 15 JULY
The sunny hot weather continues , gentle breezes and few birds.
Yesterday Eric had 4 GREENSHANK & 10 CURLEW, Whilst the SWALLOW roost at Thurlestone Marsh was 1750+ at 21.15
Today a DUNLIN on the rocks also an ad YELLOW L GULL .
In fields near the footbridge 35 LESSER B BACKED GULLS
Over the Marsh 50+ SWALLOW
Record shots of a stretching OYSTERCATCHER & a Juv MED GULL
FRI 13 JULY
Yet Another sunny morning with only a light breeze.Very few birds around - by the footbridge a F REED BUNTING was feeding a juv .
On the rocks the first Juv MED GULL also 2 Adults .
THURS 12 JULY
Sunny periods with calm conditions .
By the footbridge - 5 REED WARBLER , 2 REED BUNTING , .
On the rocks a COMMON SANDPIPER.
At South Huish Marsh - 50+ SWALLOW , 20 HOUSE MARTIN ,
5 SAND MARTIN , 2 SWIFT . 6 juv GREENFINCH .A total of 3ad &
25 juv PIED WAGTAIL.
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 3 DUNLIN , 10 CURLEW , 1 MISTLE THRUSH . 1 of the DUNLIN taken by a PEREGRINE
WED 11 JULY
A sunny and calm morning - joined by Graham today .
Offshore a large flock of HERRING GULL on the sea at lest 275 .
15 COMMON SCOTER flew E .3 GANNET .
On the rocks the first juv YELLOW LEGGED GULL of the year , 12
By the footbridge - 4 juv REED WARBLER ,1 JUV CHIFFY .
On South Huish Marsh a MOORHEN with 4 young , 35 SWALLOW ,
20 HOUSE MARTIN - 9 OCCUPIED NESTS , 10 SAND MARTIN .
Flying over were a BUZZARD , KESTREL , SPRAWK , PEREGRINE.
Alan ringed 42 new birds at South Milton Ley inc -
5 BLACKCAP , 6 CHIFFY, 10 REED WARBLER , 4 SEDGE WARBLER,
2 SONG THRUSH, 1 REED BUNTING, 1 WHITETHROAT . On site a GREY WAGTAIL.
TUES 11 JULY
A sunny morning with a F6 ESE wind .
Offshore - 9MANX S’WATER -W , 5 GANNET , 1 FULMAR .
At South Huish Marsh 10 SAND MARTIN , 12 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT .
At Aveton Gifford Eric had a KINFISHER Fly Along the A379 Plymouth direction !
MON 9 JULY
Yet Another very hot and sunny day .Very few birds around .
offshore a GUILLEMOT was the highlight .
Over South Huish Marsh 25SWALLOW , 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 10 SAND MARTIN , 3 SWIFT , 2 REED WARBLER ,
Over At Inner Hope James reports a CUCKOO this morning
At 21.00 last night the first big SWALLOW roost over T’stone Marsh
750 birds , also 50 STARLING
SUN 8 JULY
One of the hottest days of the summer - birds vastly outnumbered by visitors by 11.-0 over 250 cars in the NT car park and 100+ in Bob’s
Highlight of the morning was a HOBBY over my garden , also a juv WILLOW WARBLER IN IT .
At South Huis Marsh some Hirundines- 15 SWALLOW , 2 SAND MARTIN , 8 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SWIFT .
By the footbridge Another brood of MALLARD - F & 8 day old ducklings
FRI 6 JULY
A very warm & sunny morning with hardly a breeze , 1022mb
Met up with Eric at South Efford Marsh - no sign of the Osprey but signs of returning wader passage - 19 CURLEW , 4 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 18 LITTLE EGRET , 14 HERON , 16 SHELDUCK , 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 4 SEDGE WARBLER .
The SPOONBILL ON SITE ALL MORNING , almost completed its first summer moult - no sign of any injury to its primaries .
THURS 5 JULY
A return to sunny conditions , still only a light ESE breeze .
On the rocks/ beach - 2 DUNLIN , 20 BLACK H GULL + 3 juv’s .
By the footbridge - 1JUV WHITETHROAT , 1AD 4 JUV STONECHAT ,
SPRAWK & KESTREL OVER , 1M 1F REED BUNTING , 2 REED WARBLER .
A 2hr walk through West Buckland Valley produced 28 species inc -
8 SWIFT , 30 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SWALLOW , 5 SONG THRUSH ,
6 BLACKBIRD ,3 CHIFFY , 5 BLACKCAP , 1 BULLFINCH , 4 COAL TIT ,
2 JAY, 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 SPOT FLY ,1 STOCK DOVE .
At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 46 Birds also 3 retraps .
inc- 13 REED WARBLER , 2 SEDGE WARBLER , 6 BLACKCAP , 7 CHIFFY ,1 BULLFINCH , 1 SONG THRUSH
Late News from Eric - at 19.20 an OSPREY (177 ) flew over the river with a fish in its talons - probably the earliest patch record for the return migration
Alan reported a REDSHAK on South Huish Marsh
Photos for 4 July - SANDWICH TERN ( almost a breeding display , presenting a sand eel ) , MARBLED WHITE , MED GULL , DUNLIN ,
JUV BLACK H GULL
WED 4 JULY
A cloudy morning with a light ESE breeze , 1014mb .
Offshore - 3 SANDWICH TERN , 5 GANNET , 20 COMMON SCOTER ( on the sea @11.30 ) .
On the beach / rocks - 2 DUNLIN , 3 MED GULL ( 2ad @ 1 2s )
30 BLACK H GULL + 5 juv’s .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 m TEAL , 3 DUNLIN , 50+ mixed flock of SWALLOW & HOUSE MARTIN .PEREGRINE over
By the footbridge 1m 4 juv STONECHAT , 3 JUV WHITETHROAT,
6 JUV REED WARBLER , SEDGE WARBLER , 1M REED BUNTING .
A MARBLED WHITE by the path - can’t recollect seeing one here before .
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - SPOONBILL, 2 REDSHANK ,
15 CURLEW , 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 6 RINGED PLOVER , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER. Big increase to 140+ BLACK H GULL BUT ONLY 6 JUV’S
Several juv SEDGE WARBLER
TUES 3 JULY
Having travelled from Oxfordshire in brilliant sunshine quite a surprise to arrive back in Thurlestone to find light showers , cloudy with a f4 E wind .
Went over to South Huish Marsh at 14.30- 10 BLACK H GULL with 3
juv’s ( first to arrive ) 1AD MED GULL , 1M TEAL , 15 SWIFT -SE
20 SWALLOW , 10 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 WHITETHROAT .
In my garden GREENFINCH, CHIFFY , 3 BLACKCAP .
SUN 1 JULY
Reported from South Efford Marsh - THE SPOONBILL, 3 TEAL ,
26 CURLEW , 1 GREENSHANK
SAT 30 JUNE
Eric reports at South Efford Marsh - 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 MED GULL.
SEDGE WARBLER ( with nest material ) , LITTLE EGRET , SPOONBILL
& CURLEW ( long range shot ) South Efford Marsh
GREYLAG GOOSE ON THE ROCKS THIS MORNING
RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK & SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6 JUNE
TEAL & WHITETHROAT 4 JUNE
RECORD SHOTS OF GREY L GOOSE ,
RED C POCHARD -F , REDSTART- F
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
Some alterations to the format of the pages , the historical page will now provide access to the older trip reports and previous years records .
will be revamping the Photos page over the next few weeks
2 photos of the BLACK SWAN , also a HERON fishing
Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April
RED N GREBE , SCAUP AT BEESANDS LEY 7 MARCH
GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR
PHOTOS 4 MAR South Huish Marsh -GARGANEY , SANDWICH TERN & MED GULL , RUFF , KNOT
TURNSTONE on the rocks and mix of CATTLE & LIITLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh 24 FEB 2018
PHOTOS 23 FEB - CATTLE AND LITTIE EGRET ON THURLESTONE MARSH , WIGEON AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH ALSO AN AD MED GULL
PHOTOS OF THE MALE RING NECKED DUCK AT BEESANDS LEY 21 JAN
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
A FITTING FESTIVE BIRD - A PARTRIDGE IN A -------
THESE WERE IN A FIELD AT HUXTON CROSS THIS MORNING
Photos of the AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON AT South Huish Marsh 14 DEC
Photos of -BLUE ROCK THRUSH , SPANISH SPARROW , LAUGHING DOVE , FERRUGINOUS DUCK , MARSH HARRIER , HOODED CROW , BLACK NECKED GREBE
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
Record shots of BLACK SWAN ( lots of glare ) and LITTLE EGRET Avon Estuary 18 Aug 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
A nice record shot from James K of a BRAMBLING at Huxton Cross on 24 January 2017
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 !