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.

The 2016 year list will be amended to include species recorded there which had not been seen on the old patch

 

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FRI 20 APR 

 Another very warm &sunny morning , almost nobreeze .

A 40 min garden watch from 07.40 produced 27  species inc- 

2M 1F BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY , 3 SANDWICH TERN .

Bay watched from Warren Point from 09.15- 12.00 - A total of 

14 COMMON TERN , 28 SANDWICH TERN logged ( probably some duplication with birds feeding through the Bay ), 2 WHIMBREL, 

On the sea a GUILLEMOT & a RED T DIVER , 2 SWALLOW .

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 

THURS 19 APRIL 

A sunny and warm morning with only a very light breeze . Signs of WARBLERS having arrived , although very few .

Nothing offshore worth  reporting . On South Milton Ley - the 

BLACK SWAN still , 6 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 1 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN .The CATTLE EGRET again ., 1 RINGED PLOVER . Around the copse A M BLACKCAP , 3 CHIFFY 

A short visit to South Milton Ley proved worthwhile - 1m BLACKCAP , Singles of WHITETHROAT , REED WARBLBER ( 162) , SEDGE WARBLER , and a singing GARDEN WARBLER ( 163 ) ,surprisingly 

no WILLOW WARBLERS and only 5 CHIFFY , 1 JAY .

Over At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 LITTLE GULL ( 3rd patch record this week ) 6 GREENSHANK , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 24 SHELDUCK .

Has anyone else noticed the very few records for WHEATEAR , most years this would be a common  migrant by now , I am still waiting to pick up a year tick 

WED 18 APRIL 

 A DAY OF UNBROKEN SUNSHINE , A SE F3 INCRESING TO F5 WIND .A day of 2 contrasts - morning and late afternoon .Joined today by 

Eric , Bob , Chris , Lesley & Stuart .

Morning seawatch 07.45 - 12.30 -totals - 50 GANNET ., 12 KITTIWAKE , 3 FULMAR , 12 SANDWICH TERN , 25 MANX S’WATER , 

67 COMMON SCOTER , 1 GREAT N DIVER , 79 WHIMBREL , 2 BONXIE ,3 ARCTIC SKUA ( these are the first Skuas to fly into the Bay and continue up the valley - great when they fly almost over our heads ) , 22 OYSTERCATCHER ( highest count this month ) 1 SWALLOW 

ON South Huish Marsh - BLACK SWAN , 3 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN .

Returned for an evening watch , 16.35- 18.30 - some surprises .

Only birds recorded were Ducks & Waders ! 

A total of 260 WHIMBREL flew into the Bay and eventually up the valley , flocks of 100, 70, 50, 40 .2 GOLDEN PLOVER flew up the valley at 18.00 . 

Ducks - 10 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ) , a total of 65 SHOVELER 

( probably a patch record - it is mine ) again flocks flew into the Bay and went straight up the valley , with 15 Close inshore on the sea .

2M1F SCAUP (160) were sat on the sea at 18.10 before flying off east - a patch life tick !

Shows what can turn up with a good SE wind .

At South Efford Marsh Rod B had a WHITETHROAT (161) 

 

 

TUES 17 APRIL 

Lunchtime update - the expected F7/8 S/ SSW winds did not disappoint. Seawatch from 07.30 - 12.30 produced -

 

14 BONXIE -E , 8 ARCTIC SKUA -E ( 6 dp & 2 lp ), 77 GANNET , 

33 SANDWICH TERN , 2 ARCTIC TERN ( E @ 08.35 ) , 3 MED GULL ,

2 KITTIWAKE , 1 1W LITTLE GULL  10.05 ), 4 FULMAR , 

143 MANX SHEARWATER , 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( E@ 12 .00 

157) , 152 COMMON SCOTER , 1 VELVET SCOTER ( flew E @ 08.35 with a flock of 22 COMMON )1M SHOVELER , 1F GADWALL , 

143 WHIMBREL ,amongst a flock of 30 was a GREY PLOVER , 

1 GREAT N DIVER .

Joined by Alan D , Lesley , Bob , Stuart and briefly Crinkle .

Going back for another session after 16.00 .

Evening update- seawatch 16.30-18.20 , showers still F7/8 SSW wind , very rough seas , viz poor in showers .logged-

14 GANNET , 45 MANX S’WATER , 1 FULMAR , 5 SANDWICH TERN , 1 LITTLE TERN - E @17.05 ( 158 ) , 2 Whimbrel , 3 BONXIE, 

1DP ARCTIC SKUA finally at 18.05 a POMARINE SKUA - E (159 ) 

James K watching from Hope Cove had a probable POM SKUA this morning and at least 1 more Bonxie .

Total of 28 SKUA’S logged - one of the best April counts for the Bay ,

‘also the first large passage of WHIMBREL , GOOD VARIETY OF TERNS .

AT 06.30 THIS MORNING A CATTLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh . 

Early start on Wed could be another very interesting day 

 

 

MON 16 APRIL 

An overcast morning with a SSW F6 wind . Joined by Graham & Martin Daw today 

Seawatch from 08.45- 10.00 - 60 GANNET , 25 MANX SHEARWATER , 

5 SANDWICH TERN , 23 COMMON SCOTER , 3 FULMAR , 1 KITTIWAKE, 20 AUKS , 1 WHIMBREL ( on rocks ) 

On South Huish Marsh - the BLACKSWAN , 8 TEAL , 3 SWALLOW .

 

Late afternoon seawatch- 16.30-18.15 logged -

425 MANX SHEARWATER-E, 20 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 2 KITTIWAKE, 

1 SANDWICH TERN , 30 COMMON SCOTER , 4 BONXIE -E @ 17.35 .

BLACK T DIVER & RED T DIVER flew E @ 18.12 , 3 WHIMBREL in off .

Conditions for Tues still looking good , also Wednesday as well .

SUN 15 APRIL - SEAWATCHING BONANZA 

A mostly cloudy morning with a few bright intervals and showers , SSW F6 wind , visibility good .Bay watched from. Bob’s car park from 08.45 - 12.50 , joined by Alan at 11.00 

SPECIE                 8.45-9.45. 9.45-10.45 10.45- 12.45       TOTALS 

GANNET.                 70.              70                65.                      205

 

MANX S’WATER      420.           380.              190.                     990

GUILLEMOT             1.                  15.               10.                       26

COMMON SCOTER   112.            48.                86.                       246

RED T DIVER                                 2 ( on sea )                                2

LITTLE GULL   (156)   3.               2.                                                5

KITTIWAKE                                 30                    5.                         35

FULMAR                                         6.                   5.                          11

AUKS                         10.              15.                   4.                         29

ARCTIC SKUA                                 3.                   5.                           8

GREAT SKUA                                                         2.                           2

SANDWICH TERN       3.                                       10.                        13

PUFFIN                                                                   1.                          1 

 

Also moving through - 2 WHIMBREL , PEREGRINE ( chasing a FERAL PIGEON ) 2 RAZORBILLS 

The LITTLE GULLS were feeding with a raft of MANX S’WATER .

Report from Ritchie- On South Milton Ley - 3WHIMBREL , 1M TUFTED DUCK , 1 CATTLE EGRET , BLACK SWAN .Late afternoon 

Alan reports 5 Med Gull (3 3y, 2 2y ) 

 

James K watching from Hope Cove - 09.20-10.45 & 11.45- 13.00 reported MANX S’WATER - Large numbers , also many AUKS & KITTIWAKE , Single GREAT N & RED T DIVER flew E together.

3DP & 2 LP ARCTIC SKUA ( all in his first watch ) 2GREAT SKUA ( same as ours ) 

‘late evening report from James of 5 GREAT SKUA sat on the sea also 1 flying across the Bay , large numbers of MANX S’WATER still passing 

 

The day total of 19SKUAS is a very good one for April 

 

Tuesday is looking good , F 8 S/SSW winds .

 

 

 

             

SAT 14 APRIL 

A MORNING OF SUNNY PERIODS ONCE THE MIST DISPERSED, increasing SE wind up to F4/5 .

A seawatch from Bob’s car park from 09.45 - 12.30 with 2 patch year ticks -

41 GANNET , 45 COMMON SCOTER , 13 MANX S’WATER , 1 RED T DIVER & 1 GREAT N DIVER ( on sea ) 13 GUILLEMOT ( on sea ) 1 PUFFIN ( on seaenabling the bill to be picked up ( 154) ) , only 3 SANDWICH TERN . WADERS IN OFF THE SEA - 4 BAR T GODWIT &

4 WHIMBREL .

AT 12.05 picked up a duck on the sea coming into the bay - still there when I left at 12.30 - a 1W M EIDER (155)- only usually get 1 record a year .

FRI 13 APRIL

On South Huish Marsh - the BLACK SWAN ( being chased by the Cob MUTE SWAN ), 18 TEAL, 2 SHELDUCK , 1 CATTLE EGRET , 1 RINGED PLOVER ( flew over ) , 3 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER , 1 SWALLOW .

A drive through Buckland Valley - 5 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER ,

1 BLACKCAP,1 GREAT SP WOODY , SONG THRUSH .

THURS 12 APRIL 

STARTED OVERCAST BUT THE SUN CAME OUT FROM 10.00. AN E F5/6 WIND . 

Spent the morning from 09.15 seawatching from Bob’s carpark , Terns interesting ,. 2Raptors in off the sea .

45 GANNET , 72 SANDWICH TERN , 4 ARCTIC  TERN flew into the Bay At 11.15 (153) , 3 COMMON TERN , 2 FULMAR 1KITTIWAKE ,

15 COMMON SCOTER -E , On the sea - 2RED T DIVER , 1 GUILLEMOT, at 09.30 picked up a HOBBY (152) coming in off the sea , a short while later so did a BUZZARD .Just singles of SWALLOW & HOUSE MARTIN , 6 LINNET & aSKYLARK FLEW N .

The SANDWICH TERN largest flocks were -13 , 15 , 8 &7 all flying west

ATSouth Efford Marsh Eric reports 35 TEAL , 9 SHELDUCK , 1 REDSHANK , 1 CURLEW , 1 SEDGE WARBLER .

Around 18.30 yesterday Eric had an adult SPOONBILL flying over his garden , different bird to the one that has overwintered 

WED 11 APRIL 

A fine morning with nice sunny periods . F3/4 ENE wind .

A 40 min Garden Watch only produced 22 species inc - 1M BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY and a STARLING .

A 2HOUR seawatch from 08.50 - 36GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 10 SANDWICH TERN , 1 COMMON TERN , 25 COMMON SCOTER ,

1 RED T DIVER ( on sea ) 1 WHIMBREL flew west and another heard calling .

At South Huish Marsh - the BLACK SWAN  still , 12 TEAL , 1M TUFTED DUCK , 2 SHELDUCK , 2 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER - HIRUNDINES TODAY - 6 SWALLOW, 4 SAND MARTIN , 1 HOUSE MARTIN .

At a quiet South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 5 Redshank , 1 CURLEW ,

12 SHELDUCK , 1 LITTLE GREBE , MISTLE THRUSH .

2 photos of the BLACK SWAN , also a HERON fishing 

TUES 10 APRIL 

A very overcast morning with showers up to 10.30. E F3 wind .

Surprise of the morning was a BLACK SWAN (150) on South Huish Marsh , unringed and constantly feeding - a site first .

Also around 100 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SAND MARTIN . NICK picked up a warbler moving amongst the reeds , it was aSEDGE WARBLER .14 TEAL ,2 SHELDUCK . A PEREGRINE flew through causing consternation amongst the Hirundines .

At South Milton Ley - 10 CHIFFY , 2 M BLACKCAP , 2 BULLFINCH .

late news from Ritchie - a WHIMBREL (151) On South Huish Marsh 

MON 9 APRIL 

A cloudy morning with light drizzle , an E F breeze .

At  07.30 the CATTLE EGRET feeding on T’stone Marsh , also 1 LITTLE EGRET 

Offshore - a large pod of 25+ Harbour Porpoise, around them 40GANNET . 2 SANDWICH TERN , 24 COMMON SCOTER -E .

On South Huish Marsh - 22 TEAL , 1 1W MED GULL , 2 SHELDUCK , 40 SWALLOW , 4 HOUSE MARTIN 

SUN 8 APRIL 

A fine morning with some high cloud , little breeze .

At South Huish Marsh - A CATTLE EGRET - first sighting for a few weeks , signs of summer plumage , 1M TUFTED DUCK , 16 TEAL , 

6 SHELDUCK , amongst a flock of 30 BLACK H GULL 2 2S , 1 1W 

MED. GULL , 7. SWALLO W , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 CHIFFY .

On South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 SPOONBILL , 35 TEAL , 5 GREENSHANK , 4REDSHANK , 2 SNIPE, KINGFISHER , 1 SEDGE WARBLER (149 ) 

Alan was ringing at South Milton Ley- SPOTTED CRAKE heard at 07.45 , caught 14CHIFFY , 2 WILLOW WARBLER , 5BLACKCAP 

GOOD VIEWS OF A WATER RAIL . Another visit this evening no sign of the CRAKE , flock of 60+ LINNET 8 CHIFFY 

SAT 7 APRIL 

After a night of heavy rain, a cloudy morning with light showers , a NE breeze F1/2 

Nothing Offshore , On South Huish Marsh the first large counts of Hirundines - 09.00-10.45 - 135 + SWALLOW , 5 SAND MARTIN , also 

the ICELAND GULL AGAIN . 25 TEAL , 5 BLACK H GULL , 3 COMMON GULL 

FRI 6 APRIL 

Spent just under 2 hours last night listening fo the SPOOTED CRAKE

NO SIGN !

This morning spent seawatching from Bob’s car park 07.50-12.30 , mostly overcast with a F7 SE wind which once again produced the results -

360 GANNET ( only 50 after 10.00 ) 

385 COMMON SCOTER - ALL E apart from 50 which landed on the sea off Warrens Pt . Largest flock 90 

27 SANDWICH TERN , 6 FULMAR , 1 ad MED GULL , 17 MANX SHEARWATER ,1 KITTIWAKE , 5 AUKS .

A BONXIE -E @11.30 . At 12.05 6 GARGANEY (3M 3f ) flew into the Bay and landed on the sea - this is the largest flock for many years .

Watching intermittently from Hope Cove James K had 

a BONXIE -E @ 10.05 , 1ARCTIC SKUA -E @ 12.37 . Flying E with 

7COMMON SCOTER were 3VELVET SCOTER (148) - a really great patch Spring record .

Evening report from Alan - 5 GARGANEY on the sea , raft of 80 COMMON SCOTER off WARREN PT , 4 COMMON TERN by the rock .

 

 

 

Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April 

THURS 5 APRIL 

After a light frost at dawn a nice sunny morning with only a light breeze .

Offshore only 2 MANX SHEARWATER & a SANDWICH TERN .

On South Huish Marsh the 1w GLAUCOUS GULL SHOWED WELL AT 10.30 , also 14 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , NOW 4 COOT .

Alan Pomroy setting up his nets at South Milton Ley at 07.45 had a SPOTTED CRAKE ( 147 ) calling for 15mins , also again briefly at 09.00 . No sign of it since - going back this evening for another watch & listen . This is the first ever Spring record for the patch .Also 2 WILLOW WARBLER , 2 CETTIS WARBLER , 4 CHIFFY, 1 GOLDCREST , 3 BULLFINCH , PEREGRINE OVER .

At Aveton Gifford along the tidal road 5 GREENSHANK reported 

WED 4 APRIL

A cold morning with frequent heavy showers and a SSW F 7 wind , very rough seas .

Offshore - very little to see , poor viz and rough sea - 30 GANNET ,

1 SANDWICH TERN , 1F COMMON SCOTER .

During the heavy showers 10.00-11.00 a few Hirundines dropped int South Huish Marsh - 5 SAND MARTIN , 3 SWALLOW AND A HOUSE MARTIN (146) -latter picked up by Carol & Gladys , otherwise 12TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK 

IN THE LANES A YELLOWHAMMER 

 

TUES 3 APRIL .

Amorning with sunny periods , hazy offshore, SW F5 WIND .

Offshore - 18 GANNET , 9 KITTIWAKE , 2 RAZORBILLS, 3 SANDWICH TERN . On the coast path first migrant LINNET & a M STONECHAT 

On South Huish Marsh at 09.40 amongst a flock of 30 large GULLS were a 2/3 wICELAND GULL & a 1w GLAUCOUS GULL , the whole flock took off towards Hope Cove at 09.42 .Also sat on one of the posts a SANDWICH TERN .,5 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 1 BLACK T GODWIT . In gardens 2 CHIFFY & a m STONECHAT 

Short visit to a very muddy South Milton Ley found 4 CHIFFY & 2 singing WILLOW WARBLER .

At 13.00 in my garden a CHIFFY - first since February.

News from James K watching from Hope Cove - a dp ARCTIC SKUA @ 07.45 , 5 SANDWICH TERN , 18 MANX SHEARWATER, 5 COMMON SCOTER , 9 KITTIWAKE , 1 GREAT N DIVER , 2 RED T DIVER 

MON 2 APRIL 

 First big sea passage of the year today - overcast ,no rain after 09.00, S6/7 TILL 12.00 then SSW5 .Joined by Graham in the morning .  First sea watch ( Bobs car park ) 08.45 - 11.00, 11.45 - 13.00 , afternoon 14.40-17.00 .

140 GANNET , 275 SANDWICH TERN -E movement all day , flocks of 20& 30 max , 9 COMMON TERN -E INC 1 flock of 5 (143 ) , 13 MANX SHEARWATER , COMMON SCOTER - 142 E ,this afternoon 85 on the sea , 11 KITTIWAKE -E , 1 1w MED GULL , 5 FULMAR , 2 PINTAIL -E , 1 GREAT N DIVER -E , 1 TURNSTONE , 1 GREAT C GREBE , 25 AUKS , 1 BONXIE -E (10.32 ) , 1DP ARCTIC SKUA -E (12.45 ) (144 ) 

Some more E winds forecast over the next 10 days -if today was good could get very good if the waders start passing through . The earliest ARCTIC SKUA , Large totals of SANDWICH TERN & COMMON SCOTER for this early in April

Water levels at South Huish Marsh increased significantly, never seen it this flooded in Spring before - only 10 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 

1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 WATER PIPIT . Late afternoon Alan D had a SWALLOW (145) 

In Nicks garden - 1 WILLOW WARBLER , JAY 

From Hope Cove James K had ( different to ours ) - 1 dp ARCTIC SUA -E , 5 PINTAIL -E &2 on sea , 1adMED GULL 

SUN 1 APRIL 

An overcast morning with heavy rain from 14.00, an increasing E 

breeze ,.

A 45 min Garden Watch from 07.40 produced 26 species inc - 

1 CETTIS WARBLER ( 142 ) , 1M CIRL BUNTING , 2 F REED BUNTING , 1 PEREGRINE 

Offshore the GREAT CRESTED GREBE , 1 RAZORBILLS , 2 GANNET .

On South Huish Marsh - 25 Teal , 2 SHELDUCK , 3 LITTLE EGRET , 

1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 SNIPE 1 WHITE WAGTAIL 

Still no Spring migrants 

Late afternoon Alan had a 2w ICELAND GULL on S H Marsh 

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

FRI 23 FEB 

A cloudy morning with a cold ENE F3/4 wind .

On South Huish Marsh 80 WIGEON , only 10 TEAL , 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 LAPWING , in the cattle field 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET, 3 more LITTLE on the Marsh .At 11.00 amongst 150 BLACK H GULL were 4 AD, 1 2W , 1 1W MED GULL 

On the rocks 12 TURNSTONE . Offshore 25 GANNET -E , 10 BLACK H GULL in off also an AD MED GULL 

On Thurlestone Marsh at 11.30 single CATTLE & LITTLE EGRET , at 17.30 there were 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET .

Becoming difficult to decide just how many CATTLE EGRETS there are on the patch . One interesting point the LITTLE EGRETS are now feeding with the CATTLE EGRETS at the feet of the cattle 

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

17 JAN 

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

SQUACCO HERONS.

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 !

Record shot of male Red Backed Shrike South Huish Marsh 9 July
GLOSSY IBIS - South Huish Marsh 19 Nov 2015 - Alan Doidge
ISABELLINE SHRIKE
ISABELLINE SHRIKE - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 14 OCT 2015- photos by Alan Doidge and Richard Stafford

2014

Crane at South Huish Marsh 20 Oct 2014- Alan Doidge