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 2019 ANNUAL REVIEW -to access choose the appropriate header 

Have posted a copy of the APRIL review in the section headed 

2020 Monthly  Review 

PHOTOS - Have posted 15 recent images  - look at 2020 PHOTOS PAGE 

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 

With the latest advice to limit our social contact I need to outline my approach.

Anne & I have withdrawn from any contact with family or friends until this very worrying situation is resolved, . My birdwatching will be either from my car or  my seawatching place - I will not be 

having close contact with any other birder I meet - indeed it may not be long before a lockdown is in place when my reports will be - Birds from the Balcony .

Be careful with your birding activities and hopefully we will all complete our 2020 year list - even if it is somewhat below recent years 

ROSS'S GULL 

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 .

FRI 5 JUNE 

Only the Moths to report today - 2Elephant Hawk Moths , 

12 Heart & Dart, 1 Buff Ermine, 1 White Ermine, 1 Treble Lines , 

1 Burnished Brass, 2 Common Wainscot, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 

1Coronet, 1 Marbled Minor , 1Rustic, 1 Knot Grass 

THURS 4 JUNE 

A morning of sunny periods with initially just a light NW breeze .

Bay watched from the flats 07.25- 07.55 .

On the rocks - 10 SANDERLING, 4 DUNLIN , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 

14 OYSTERCATCHER.

Offshore - 38 GANNET , 3 FULMAR , 3 RAZORMOT. At 08.03 a

GREAT N DIVER flew NW ( don't get very many June records )

South Huish Marsh - 15 House Martin , 1 Sand Martin , 5 WHITETHROAT, SEDGE WARBLER, F MALLARD with 8 day old ducklings - no sign of the SHELDUCK family .

Another interesting collection of Moths overnight -

Singles of Eyed and Elephant Hawk Moth , 8 Heart & Dart , 5 Treble Lines , 2 Uncertain, 2 Buff Ermine , 1 White Ermine , 1 Marbled Minor , 1 Middle Barred Minor, 1  Light Emerald , 1 Coronet, 1 Clouded Silver , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Common Wainscott, 1 Barred Straw

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 6 BLACK H GULL , 1 TREE CREEPER .

WED 3 JUNE 

 A big change in the weather - first rain for weeks , confined me to the house , best count of Moths -35 in total of 15 species . Kept me 

busy until lunchtime .

10 Heart & Dart , 8 Treble Lines , 2 Buff Ermine , 2 White Ermine, 

singles of - Common Wainscot , Buff Tip , Clouded Silver, Flame , 

Peppered Moth ., Blood Vein , Double Square Spot , Vines Rustic , 

Silver Ground Carpet, Knot Grass , Spruce Carpet 

Some photos on the 2020 photos page .

TUES 2 JUNE 

Another sunny morning with only a light breeze .Sat at Warren Pt 

07.45- 09.00 - very little offshore - 350+ HERRING GULL ( sat on sea ), 1 FULMAR , 2 GANNET , 1 SHELDUCK, 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 

5 SWIFT -N .

Along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford - 5 LITTLE EGRET , 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 4 COAL TIT , 3 GREAT SP WOODY, NUTHATCH , SPOTTED FLY .

Eric reports - KINGFISHER, MISTLE THRUSH , BULLFINCH, 2 SWIFT , 1 SPOT FLY , late afternoon in his garden 9 recently fledged WREN .

First ringing session by Alan at South Milton Ley - 56 birds inc -

2 BLACKCAP , 3 CHIFFY, 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 7 SEDGE WARBLER, 

13 REED WARBLER, 1 REED BUNTING . 2 OFTHE REED WARBLER 

'were UK controls , 1 of the SEDGE  was a French control 

Moth Trap - Singles of Privet , Eyed Hawk , Elephant Hawk , 1 Dark 

Arches , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Pale Oak Beauty, 1 White Ermine , 5 Treble Lines , 6 Heart & Dart 

1 JUNE 

Another lovely sunny day with an ENE F 4 wind .Started with a Balcony Watch 07.10- 07.50 - 25 species logged - 3 GREENFINCH, 

5 SWIFT , 8 SWALLOW, 7 GANNET, 2 SONG THRUSH, 2 BLACKCAP, SEDGE WARBLER, 9 MALLARD, 2 BUZZARD .

Around South Huish Marsh -7 WHITETHROAT ( 2 juv's ), 

CANADA GOOSE ( 2 gosling )5 SHELDUCK ( 7 young ), 1 HERON , 1 SWIFT , 30 HOUSE MARTIN , 8 SWALLOW , 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 2JV STONECHAT, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

At South Milton Ley - 1F MALLARD + 8 young , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 HERON , 5 CHIFFY , 5 BLACKCAP, GOLDCREST, CETTIS WARBLER, 

1M 1F REED BUNTING, REED WARBLER, SEDGE WARBLER.

In the lanes - 2 WHITETHROAT, 1F YELLOWHAMMER.

At Aveton Gifford - 1 SPOT FLY , JAY , SPRAWK STARLING .

51 species recorded 

SUN 31 MAY 

Another day kept away from the coast - cars parked everywhere!

GREEN WOODY over my garden this afternoon 

Moth Trap - 1 Privat Hawk Moth , 2 Large Yellow Underwing ,

3 Buff Ermine , 1 Barred Straw, 1 Common Wainnscott , 

5 Heart & Dart, 1 Mottled Rustic ( also one yesterday ) 

SAT 30 MAY 

Kept away from the coast , far too many visitors .

Only report received was from John - a CUCKOO calling at South MiltonLey .

Moth Trap - 1 Elephant Hawk Moth , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 

1 Buff Tip , 1 White Ermine , 2 Buff Ermine, 1 Common Wainscot,

4 Heart & Dart , 4 Treble Lines.

Elephant Hawk Moth below- more photos on Photo 2020 page 

FRI 29 MAY 

Spell of sunny mornings with a brisk E F6 wind continues.

Seawatch from Warren Pt 07.45- 09.00- 16 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 

3 RAZORMOT, 2 PUFFIN ( 1 @ 08.15, 1@ 08.18 both SE ) 

4 MANX SHEARWATER, 5 SWALLOW , 1 WHITETHROAT. At 09.00

watch 2 SHELDUCK swimming SE about 200 yards off the point ,

Following them 12 day old ducklings - despite choppy waters they made good progress.

Moth Trap- 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Buff Ermine , 2 Common Quaker, 1 Hebrew Charector, 7 Heart & Dart, 6 Treble Lines 

 

THURS 28 MAY 

Another sunny day with a brisk F6/7 E wind .

Short Seawatch from 09.15 - 10.00 - very little -7 FULMAR , 5 RAZORMOT, 1 WHIMBREL.

On South Huish Marsh a BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 SHELDUCK + young , 2 SWIFT , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 LESSER B B GULL , 

'juv  PIED WAGTAIL , 2 WHITETHROAT, SEDGE WARBLER .

At South Milton Ley Alan reports a calling CUCKOO , 2 WHITETHROAT.

 

Moth Trap - singles of Poplar, Privat, Eyed Hawkmoth , 2 Brimstone, 

9 Treble Lines , 6 Heart & Dart , 1 Heart & Flame , 1 Green Carpet, 

1 Common Wainscot. 

TUES 26 MAY 

Another glorious sunny morning with little breeze ,arrived at Warren Pt for 07.45 - left at 09.00 - 3 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 3 SHELDUCK, 7 COMMON SCOTER ( 3m 4f - on sea )15 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 WHIMBREL , 2 SANDERLING flew across the Bay .total of 32 CORMORANT logged - largest group 5, 2 WHITETHROAT, At lest 3 PST of ROCK PIPIT feeding young.

Moth Trap - 1 Puss Moth, 1 Blood Vein , 1 Clouded Border, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Spectacle, 1 Muslin , 2 Heart & Dart , 5 Treble Lines , 1Angle  Shades 

 

MON 25 MAY 

Glorous warm and sunny day . In view of the expected large number of visitors decided to limit ourselves to a short local walk .

Main interest was the moth trap -1 Poplar Hawkmoth , 1 Eyed Hawkmoth , 1 Large Yellow Underwing , 1 Muslin, 2 Treble Lines ,3 Heart & Dart , 1 Clouded Border.

The Hawkmoths are really superb - now have had 3 species over the last 10days .Photos below - Eyed , Privet  & Poplar Hawkmoth 

SUN 24 MAY 

Started cloudy with a F4/5 W wind 

Seawatch from car park 07.30- 08.00 - 16 GANNET,3 FULMAR , 

1 RAZORMOT, 2 SWALLOW -N .

Walked over to the Marsh - 2 WHITETHROAT, REED &SEDGE WARBLER by the footbridge, 2 STONECHAT with 3 young .

On the Marsh - 8 SHELDUCK ( one pair still with 8 young ) 

115 HERRING GULL . In the copse - 1m BLACKCAP , 1M CHAFFINCH .

At 11.30 Eric watched 2 LP ARCTIC SKUA fly up the valley at Aveton Gifford ( a local patch first ) 

Moth trap - 1Private Hawk Moth , 6 Heart & Dart , 2 Treble Lines

SAT 23 MAY 

Heavy rain at 06.30 gave way to a sunny morning, W wind F7/8.

Started in Bobs car park at 07.20 , because of the wind had to move to the flats , finished 09.20 - 148 GANNET , 13 FULMAR , 50 MANX S'WATER, 1 COMMON TERN ( flew round the rock then SE )

4KITTIWAKE , 2 SHELDUCK, 4 SWIFT & 2 SWALLOW -N ( offshore) 

4 RAZORMOT, 7 PUFFIN ( all SE 1 @ 07.25, 2@08.05, 3@ 09.00, 1@ 09.15 )-in the 20 years I have been seawatching the Bay this is a 

day record total .

At 09.25 scoping the fences around the paddock pickup a F RED 

BACKED SHRIKE ( 167 )- only on view for a minute , it flew off when a fox came into the paddock beneath where it was perched . Could not be relocated . This is my 3rd patch record the last was in July 2015

Early evening James reports a dp Arctic Skua in the Bay 

At Aveton Gifford a SPOT FLY 

Moth trap-1 LYCHNIS, 1Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Heart & Dart ,

4 Treble Lines , 1 Hebrew Charector.

 

FRI 22 MAY 

Complete weather change - cloudy WSW F 6 wind 

Seawatch 07.30- 09.00 -115 GANNET, 6 FULMAR , at 08.05 a BALEARIC SHEARWATER (166), followed at 08.30 by a small group of 6 MANX SHEARWATER, 2 KITTIWAKE, 2 GUILLEMOT, 

16 RAZORMOT, 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 17 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG .

On the Marsh just 6 SHELDUCK.

Richie had a RED KITE over his building site near Aveton Gifford

at 08.15.

Moths this morning -2 Heart & Dart, 2 Treble Lines ,1 Large Yellow Underwing , 1 Buff Ermine, 1 Shoulder Striped Wainscot ,1 Bright Line Brown Eye

THURS 21 MAY 

A sunny morning with a light breeze. Early start- Yarmer Beach 

07.45 - 08.45 - nice flock of 17 SANDERLING, 4 WHIMBREL , 

15 OYSTERCATCHER, 1BAR TAILED GODWIT, 1 TURNSTONE .Very little off shore - 1 GANNET , 3 FULMAR , 1 GUILLEMOT, 

7 COMMON SCOTER-on sea . 3 SWIFT.

moths this morning-10 Treble Lines , 1 Brimstone ,1 Heart & Dart, 

1 Marbled Coronet

WED 20 MAY 

Sunny & warm light SE breeze.

At 08.00 Richie had a CUCKOO calling in Hope Wood   ,later reports from2  local residents of Cuckoo calling in gardens near Bobs car park - could be 1 bird moving through or possibly 2 .

On the beaches - 7 WHIMBREL, 8 SANDERLING , 5 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh 2 BLACK H GULL - another flew NW at 09.30.

7 ad SHELDUCK & a newly hatched brood of 8 young , 12 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT , 3 WHITETHROAT.

Offshore - 2 FULMAR , 8 GANNET. 

At Aveton Gifford yesterday Eric had 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and HOBBY , today just 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 

Not many moths last night -1Buff Tip , 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Clouded Border, 1 Knot Grass, 8 Treble Lines 

TUES 19 MAY 

Day out in glorious weather off the patch - first stop Yarner Wood 

5 + PIED FLY . , 2 SPOT FLY . 1 M REDSTART,TREE PIPIT , 5 SISKIN , 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 HOBBY, WILLOW WARBLER . Bumped into Lesley who was fortunate enough to have great views of a LESSER SPOTTED WOODY ,.

Afternoon visit to Challacombe Valley- 3 CUCKOO, 3M 2F WHINCHAT , GREY WAGTAIL ( feeding young ) a visitor reported a reeling GROPPA.

Lesley went Emsworthy Mire- 4WHEATEAR,M REDSTART, CUCKOO, TREE PIPIT 

Very nice day out managed to find everything I went looking for 

Moth trap this morning - 1 Cream Spotted Tiger , 14 Treble Lines , 

2 Heart & Dart , 1 Hebrew Charector , 1 Chinese Charector .

CREAM SPOTTED TIGER , PIED FLYCATCHER, WHINCHAT - 

19 MAY 2020

MON 18 MAY 

A nice sunny day with very birds .

Leasfoot Beach - 6 WHIMBREL. Offshore 4 GANNET .

Soth Huish Marsh - 5 Shelduck , 10 House Martin , 2SWALLOW . 2 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 CHIIFY 

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, 1 HOBBY , 

BLACKCAP feeding young

Moth Trap - 1 Peppered, 1 Common Quaker , 1Hebrew Character,

1 Heart & Dart , 1 Vines Rustic , 10 Treble Lines

SUN 17 MAY 

Overcast at 07.00 cleared to be a nice sunny morning with only a light NW breeze.

On Leasfoot Beach/ 1st fairway - 4 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT.

On Yarmer Beach / Bay , 07.20-09.00 - 4 GANNET , 4 COMMON SCOTER , 6 SHELDUCK , 3 GREAT N DIVER on the sea - 1 in full summer plumage , 17 SANDERLING, 3 DUNLIN , 2 S/P TURNSTONE,

2 OYSTERCATCHER,

Along the coast path -2 ad + 3 fledged STONECHAT , 1 WHITETHROAT.

Returning to the car met a local resident who confirmed on 6 May she came very close to a HOOPOE ( 165 ) on the 14th green . This is the first patch record for at least 10 years 

SAT 16 MAY 

Sunny day with calm conditions early , light NW breeze later.

To avoid the expected influx of visitors decided an early start required . Morning bay watch 06.30- 09.00 ! 
30 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 5 MANX S'WATER,2 SHAG , 6 WHIMBREL , 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 5 KITTIWAKE, 4 WHITETHROAT.

On South Huish Marsh-8 SHELDUCK, 2 DUNLIN , 6 SWIFT, 7 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 STOCK DOVE , 4 SEDGE WARBLER.

Moth trap - 1Polar Hawk , 3 Treble Lines , 1 Muslin , 1 Brimstone,

1 Mullein . 1 Lychnis 
 

FRI 15 MAY

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports a singing LESSER WHITETHROAT (164)- scarce spring migrant on the patch . Also over the last 2 days reports of another RED KITE and 16 WHIMBREL on the Marsh.Later this afternoon a RED KITE also 2BULLFINCH feeding 2 young at the nest .

At Leasfoot Beach a report of 6 BAR TAILED GODWIT THIS AFTERNOON.

Went over to Radford Lake this morning- had some very good views of th F LITTLE BITTERN- don't often get to see this specie so well.

Hopefully picture ( on the photos page later ) 

This mornings moth trap results - 7 Treble Lines, 2 Muslin Moth,

2 Buff Tip , 1 Cream Spot Tiger, 1 Common Carpet 

THURS 14 MAY 

A sunny if cool morning with a F4 NE wind .

9.00-10.15 - South Huish Marsh, Bay 

Marsh - 9 DUNLIN , 2 SHELDUCK , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWIFT , 1 SWALLOW .

Rocks / Bay - 5 RINGED PLOVER , 2 SANDERLING, 3 GANNET,

13 RAZORMOT, 1 GUILLEMOT, 1 SANWICH TERN .

At Hope a Hobby & PEREGRINE

Moth trap this morning-6 Trble Lines , 1 Common Quaker ,1 Hart & Dart , 1 Shuttle Shaped Dark.

WED 13 MAY 

With freedom to drive and then walk took the opportunity to visit Hatch Bridge this morning.Very peaceful in the sunny conditions.

2 GREY WAGTAIL ( feeding 2 young ), 3 m 2 f BLACKCAP, 1 CHIFFY , 

2 COAL TIT , 3 LONG T TIT, NUTHATCH, RAVEN . After an hour managed to locate a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER- ironically in the same tree as last year on 12 May .

Report from James of a HOBBY over Bolt Tail this afternoon .

Moth trap again quiet - 1 Private Hawk Moth ( photo on the photos page ), 5 Muslin Moth ,1 Treble Lines , 1 Flame Shoulder.

TUES 12 MAY 

A sunny if cool morning with a light NE breeze.

Balcony watch from 08.00-09.00 25 species with a further 3 16.30-17.15 - 1 M REED BUNTING, 1M CIRL BUNTING, 2 M BLACKCAP, 

2 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 WHITETHROAT,4 SWIFT.4 BUZZARD,

3 GANNET .

Report from South Huish Marsh - 5 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN , 3 SWIFT , 4 DUNLIN , WHITETHROAT, SEDGE WARBLER, A SANDWICH TERN in the Bay 
At Aveton Gifford Richie had a SPOTTED FLY. at the site he is working at 

Moths 11/12 May - 1 Poplar Hawk Moth ,1 Knot Grass, 1 Common Quaker, can anyone id the moth on the left of the photo - same size as the Quaker

thanks to Richie - Shuffle Shaped Dart 
 

MON 11 MAY

Big weather change today, still sunny but a cold NE F6-8 wind 

Walked over to South Huish Marsh - 7 DUNLIN , 8 SHELDUCK.

Offshore -57 GANNET, 7 RAZORMOT, 1 RAZORBILL, 13 KITTIWAKE, 4 FULMAR .

On the beach/rocks - 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 SANDERLING.

Report from Richie of a RED KITE over Aveton Gifford this morning 

SUN 10 MAY 

Overcast - NE wind F6.

At 13.00 a RED KITE  over fields near Churstow roundabout- though that was great until I saw a report of 112 this morning at the Lizard - however only takes 1 for a year tick .

this afternoon 20 SWIFT moving north over the garden 

'This mornings moth trap results -19 of 10 species .best were 

2Poplar Hawkmoth , 1 Private Hawkmoth , 5 Treble Lines- 1 Grey colour , 5 MUSLIN MOTH , 1 WHITE ERMINE , 1 COMMON CARPET, 1 CLOUDED DRAB , 1 KNOT GRASS, 1 RED SWORD GRASS , 1 NUT TREE TUSSOCK- photos on 2020 photo page 

 

SAT 9 MAY 

Avery nice day - sunny and warm with light NE winds - not many birds . Balcony watch from 08.00-08.45 produced a total of 33 

species best of which were - SANDWICH TERN , 2 GANNET , 2 WHIMBREL , 5 SWIFT , 16 SWALLOW .

A walk to Warren Pt ( first since my operation - no after effects ) only produced 2 GANNET , 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL , 1 CORMORANT , SKYLARK - still nice to look over the sea again .

Last night moth trap caught - 4Muslin Moth , 1 White Ermine , 

2 Treble lines ( both the more unusual rufous colour ) , one other to follow - photos on the 2020 photos page 

FRI 8 MAY 

 Again cloudy start sunny afternoon , wind E F3 .

Balcony watch from 07.50- 08.35 and intermittently during the morning produced 31 species, SANWICH TERN , 12 SWIFT , 9 SWALLOW , 3 CORMORANT, 3 GANNET WERE THE BEST .

James at Hope had an early start and was rewarded with a GREAT N DIVER - SE , a pair of EIDER -SE ( only the 2nd May record ) 

8 COMMON SCOTER , 5 KITTIWAKE, RAZORBILL & GUILLEMOT 

 

In view of an extended lockdown have bought a moth trap , first use last night only trapped 4 moths - 2 Muslin , 1 Pebble Prominent and a Chocolate Tip .

THURS 7 MAY 

Again started cloudy , soon cleared int a warm sunny day , wind F3 

E .

Poor offshore viz this morning , I only managed to find 6 GANNET .

33 SPECIES LOGGED IN ONE WATCH FROM09.25 - 10.45 from my balcony .

Only birds of interest - 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 14 SWIFT , 11 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN

At Hope a report of  aLP ARCTIC SKUA passing East this morning .

Report from South Huish Marsh -6 DUNLIN, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 6 SANDWICH TERN, 1 M WHEATEAR 

WED 6 MAY 

Started cloudy , gradually improved to a sunny day . Wind E F3-5 

Balcony watch from 08.00-08.45 & 09.45-11.30 , a total of 43 species logged - highlights - 86 GANNET , 2 CANADA GOOSE , 10 MANX S'WATER, 6 RAZORMOT, 48 WHIMBREL, 1 BAR T GODWIT, 

1 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 SWIFT , 23 SWALLOW ,1 SPRAWK, 

1 GREEN WOODY , 3 SEDGE WARBLER , 2 CHIFFY , 2 BLACKCAP , 

1 WHITETHROAT, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 3 STONECHAT, 2 SKYLARK , 1 ROCK PIPIT . 

Eric reports a BULLFINCH 

Today at Hope - aRED KITE ( in off the sea), 2 SANDWICH TERN , 

50 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 COMMON SCOTER , 2 WHEATEAR .

Report from South Huish Marsh - 4WHIMBREL , 13 DUNLIN , 2 RINGED PLOVER , 4 YELLOW WAGTAIL 

TUES 5 MAY 

 Diabolical day , poor vis , low cloud , heavy rain - this morning could not see the sea from my balcony .

Balcony Watch 12.15-12.45 & 17.00-18.00 

30 species logged , best were - 50 GANNET , 12 WHIMBREL ( 4 feeding on the 1st fairway ) 7 SANDWICH TERN-SE , 2 SHELDUCK 

Report from the Bay - 8 DUNLIN , 2 BAR T GODWIT, 17 WHIMBREL , 10 SANDWICH TERN.

Hopefully better conditions on Wednesday 

Mon 4 MAY 

A cloudy morning with an increasing E F3-6 wind .

Balcony birdwatching today - 08.00 - 08.40 , 09.40- 11.10 , a total 

of 43 species recorded - 12 GANNET , 1 FULMAR , 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 1 GREAT N DIVER -NW , 1 SHELDUCK , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 7 WHIMBREL , 41 RAZORMOT- NW ,14 SWALLOW , HOUSE MARTIN , SAND MARTIN ,2 SWIFT , 4 STONECHAT , 1 F WHEATEAR , 

2 WHITETHROAT, CHIFFY , 1M 1F BLACKCAP , 3 SEDGE WARBLER ,

1 SKYLARK , 1 MIPIT , 6 LINNET .

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 3 WHITETHROAT, 2 GARDEN WARBLER , BLACKCAP , WILLOW WARBLER , CHIFFY , 1 SWIFT, 

STARLING ( with 3 juv's ) 

An interesting weather front moving through on Tuesday- heavy rain until 09.00 F7/8 E winds .

SUN 3 MAY 

At Aveton Gifford this morning Eric found a SPOTTED FLY ( 163 ) . , 

also GREY WAGTAIL, CIRL BUNTING ,NUTHATCH, MISTLE THRUSH,

TAWNY OWL 

 

FRI. 1 MAY 

REPORTS REC'D - OFFSHORE a feeding flock of 30KITTIWAKE included a 1S LITTLE GULL (162 ) , 1ARCTIC SKUA , 1 REDT DIVER 

( on sea ) .

1 WHIMBREL on the beach , HIRUNDINES over the Marsh .

At Aveton Gifford HOBBY & JAY.

 

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

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