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 OCTOBER  review in the section headed 

2020 Monthly  Review 

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 .

SOUTH EFFORD MARSH.

Devon Wildlife Trust have informed Eric they have closed the hide , hopefully will be reopened after Dec 2nd 

SUN 29 NOV 

A sunny morning , offshore mist restricted visability, light NE breeze . Seawatch from 09.00-09.45 - main interest was a group of at least 4 Blue Fin Tuna jumping out of the sea which attracted flocks of GANNET AND GULLS .

95 GANNET , 46 KITTIWAKE, 120 BLACK HEADED GULL, 200 + 

HERRING GULL , 22 RAZORMOT- most on the sea , 1 GUILLEMOT, 

on the rocks 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER , 

1 F BLACK REDSTART .

Increase in duck totals on South Huish Marsh - 80 WIGEON , 75 TEAL, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 10 SNIPE, 2 HERON , 1 CHIFFY 

 

SAT 28 NOV 

Reports today -,at Johns garden a F BLACKCAP, AT South Milton Ley 

Alan had the first SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF of the winter 

FRI 27 NOV 

A sunny early morning with a F4 E wind .

Seawatch 09.00-10.30 - 18 GANNET, 38 KITTIWAKE, 62 RAZORMOT, 

1 GREAT N DIVER ( on sea 09.00 ) , 1 RED T DIVER ( flew in from W and landed on sea ) 5 F COMMON SCOTER -SE also 1 M -NW , 

3 SHELDUCK-SE, 3 GUILLEMOT - ON SEA .

On rocks - 6 RINGED PLOVER, 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

1 RAVEN ( over ) 

On South Huish Marsh- 45 TEAL, 36 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 

5 RINGED PLOVER, 7 SNIPE, only 5 BLACK H GULL & 6 HERRING GULL.

At Aveton Gifford still 1 F BLACK REDSTART 

THURS 26 NOV 

A cooler morning with sunny periods , wind NE F2 

Seawatch 09.00-10.20 - 56 GANNET, 130 KITTIWAKE -SE , 

1 AD MED GULL -NW, Very few BLACK H GULL , 5 RAZORMOT-SE , 

1 M COMMON SCOTER-SE, 2 RED T DIVER - NW 10.08 , 

1 GREAT N DIVER -SE  09.50, 1 SHAG , 36 CORMORANT, 

On the rocks - 7 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 1 F BLACK 

REDSTART, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh - 36 WIGEON, 40 TEAL , 1 1W CASPIAN GULL 

( with 5 HERRING GULL) only 1 BLACK H GULL , 12 SNIPE , 

8 LAPWING , 6 RINGED PLOVER , 2 GOLDCREST .

At Huxton Cross at 11.20 a feeding flock of 650 STARLING, also - 

30 SKYLARK, 10 CHAFFINCH, 3 GOLDFINCH , 1 LINNET .

At Aveton Gifford- 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 6 CHIFFY .

16.00- on roof of my house 1 F BLACK REDSTART

WED 25 NOV 

A sunny morning with a light NW wind .

Seawatch quiet despite good viz - an hour from 08.50 produced - 

31 GANNET , 6 KITTIWAKE, 8 RAZORMOT, 2 BRENT GOOSE -NW , 

1 SHAG 

'On the rocks - 8 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh - 6 RINGED PLOVER, 10 SNIPE, 50 TEAL , 

25 WIGEON, 3 HERON , 2 RAVEN , 1 SONG THRUSH .

At South Milton Ley around the sewage works - 1 YELLOW BROWED 

WARBLER , 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 10 CHIFFY, 6 GOLDCREST, 

11 LONG T TIT, 2 WATER RAIL ( H )

15.00 F BLACK REDSTART on my roof .

Found a Winter Moth in the House (NFY )

TUES 24 NOV 

A morning with sunny periods, wind S F4/5

A surprise in my courtyard today - at -8.25 a F BLACK REDSTART, 13.15 1 M , and at 15.30 aM & a F together .

08.45 - OFFSHORE- 95 GANNET , 65 KITTIWAKE, 21 RAZORMOT, 

5 COMMON SCOTER- SE also 5 flew NW .

On rocks / beach - 1 KINGFISHER, 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 13 TURNSTONE, 20 ROCK PIPIT

On South Huish Marsh - 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 RINGED PLOVER, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 55 TEAL , 

25 WIGEON , 2 MUTE SWAN .

At Aveton Gifford Eric had a flock of 100 GOLDEN PLOVER over .

MON 23 NOV 

CLOUDY morning calm with a light drizzle at times . Confined to my balcony from 09.00- 11.00- total of 31 species logged including-

14 BLACKBIRD ( 8 flew over North ), 3 SONG THRUSH, 1 REDWING , 

21 GOLDFINCH, 5 CHAFFINCH, 1 M BRAMBLING ( 3rd patch record this month ) , 1 CHIFFY, 2 LONG T TIT , 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER ( flew E up valley ) , 1 STONECHAT, 1 PIED WAGTAIL, ,1 RAVEN -S , 1 SPRAWK, 1 WATER RAIL ( heard ) .

Report from John- on Yarmer Beach 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 

4 RINGED PLOVER, 4 TURNSTONE, .

He also had a large Raptor- described as larger than a Buzzard flying high South/ South East - could it have been the roaming White Tailed Eagle ? 

 

SUN 22 NOV 

A cloudy mild calm morning, light rain from 11.00 .

On South Huish Marsh - 09.00 - Surprised to find a SWALLOW Over the Marsh then flying S , 40 TEAL , 30 WIGEON , 30 MALLARD, 

6 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 SNIPE , 3 HERON 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 RAVEN , 

increase in small birds today - 12 ROBIN , 10 LONG T TIT, 

6 GREENFINCH, 10 GOLDFINCH , 15 MEADOW PIPIT, 

20 + PIED WAGTAIL . 

Offshore - 55 GANNET , 25 KITTIWAKE, 4 RAZORBILL-on sea , 

30 RAZORMOT - on sea , 2 DB BRENT GOOSE - SE , 1 GREAT N DIVER 

on sea , 23 COMMON SCOTER ( 5- SE, 15- NW , 3 ONSEA ) , 

unusually a flock of over 2000 feeding HERRING GULL in the Bay .

On the beach / rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 40 + ROCK PIPIT ( big increase on normal 10 ) and 1 1w M  1 F BLACK REDSTART .

Recent reports from Aveton Gifford- 1 SWALLOW , the LESSER YELLOWLEGS ( on 2 occasions last week ) 

SAT 21 NOV 

 Cloudy with periods of light rain. Reports received today -

 Yarmer Beach - 20 OYSTERCATCHER, 10 RINGED PLOVER, 

1 TURNSTONE.

Thurlestone Village - 4 MISTLE THRUSH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY 

FRI 20 NOV 

Morning started wet and never improved- poor viz offshore .wind W 3/4 .

On South Huish Marsh at 08.50 - 51 WIGEON , 35 TEAL , 

16 OYSTERCATCHER, 5 LAPWING ( flew off S @ 08.55 ) . Amongst 

120 BLACK H GULL were 3 1W COMMON GULL 

Offshore 09.10-10.20 when the viz closed in - 18 GANNET , 

8 KITTIWAKE, 115 RAZORMOT-SE, 2 SHAG , 1 RED T DIVER -SE @ 09.35, 1 SHELDUCK-SE , 8 WIGEON -NW 

'On rocks - 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Report from Yarmer Beach- 10 TURNSTONE, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 

1 DUNLIN .

Both BARN & TAWNY OWL reported calling last night near the sewage works 

THURS 19 NOV 

Sunny, cool with a NW F5/6 wind .

90 min Seawatch this morning- 82 GANNET, 6 KITTIWAKE, 

495 RAZORMOT-SE , 1 M COMMON SCOTER -SE , 4 SHAG 

On the rocks - 20 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh- 50 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 

2 CHIFFY 

Near Aveton Gifford - Richie had a BLACK REDSTART .

WED 18 NOV 

Adrab wet morning -poor viz offshore , wind SSW F4/5 

Nothing offshore due to poor viz . On South Huish Marsh -

50 WIGEON , 35 TEAL, 21 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 DUNLIN , 3 HERON, 3 LITTLE EGRET.

Last night John reported both BARN & TAWNY OWL calling near the sewage works .

This afternoon Eric reported - BARN OWL , CURLEW , GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , along the Tidal Road , also in the village a F BLACK REDSTART recently 

TUES 17 NOV 

Another overcast cloudy morning with a brisk F5 SW wind .

Offshore - 55 GANNET ,6 KITTIWAKE, 1 AD MED GULL -SE , 1 FULMAR - NW , 1 F COMMON SCOTER-SE, 27 RAZORMOT-SE .

On the rocks - 7 RINGED PLOVER, 21 OYSTERCATCHER, 

2 LITTLE EGRET.

On South Huish Marsh- 50 WIGEON, 70 TEAL , 5 MALLARD , 

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 HERON .

Richie had the SWALLOW again near Aveton Gifford 

With a mild and dry night forecast decided to put the moth trap out last night - at first light just 1 moth- a Feathered Thorn .

MON 16 NOV 

A morning with bright periods and light showers, a brisk W F5 wind .

South Huish Marsh - 61 WIGEON ( largest flock this winter ), 

48 TEAL, 1 SHELDUCK , 3 MUTE SWAN , 9 MOORHEN , 35 CANADA GOOSE , 1 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 SNIPE , 120 BLACK H GULL , 

1 2W MED GULL , 3 STONECHAT.

Offshore - 48 GANNET, 12 KITTIWAKE, 1 AD MED GULL -SE, 40 RAZORMOT, 2 GUILLEMOT-NW, 

'On rocks - 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN , 

2 LITTLE EGRET.

Near Aveton Gifford -Richie reports - 40 REDWING , 1 SWALLOW .

SUN 15 NOV

A morning of sunny periods and very heavy rain with a F8/9 SW wind .

A 90 min Seawatch - 135 GANNET, 11 KITTIWAKE-SE, 1 FULMAR -SE , 40 RAZORMOT-SE, 10 CORMORANT, 4 SHAG, 

On the rocks - 10 OYSTERCATCHER 2 DUNLIN , 1 SANDERLING, 

3 LITTLE EGRET, 75 BLACK H GULL 

On South Huish Marsh- 40 MALLARD, 10 WIGEON , 20 TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 22 CANADA GOOSE, 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

 

FRI 13 NOV 

Sunny periods with a F3/4 W wind .

An hours Seawatch - 57 GANNET, 25 KITTIWAKE-SE , 1 FULMAR -SE ( first returning bird ) , 18 RAZORMOT -SE .

Rocks / beach - 4 SANDERLING, 4 RINGED PLOVER , 5 TURNSTONE 

'On South Huish Marsh - 80+ TEAL. 20 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 

1 1W MED GULL , 12 SNIPE 

late afternoon report of 2 MED GULLS on the rocks, a F GOOSANDER 

ON THE Marsh - only the second record for the site 

GOOSANDER -SOUTH HUISH MARSH - ALAN DOIDGE 

THURS 12 NOV 

Suuny morning with a F5/6 SSW wind .

Aveton Gifford tidal road -  GREENSHANK, REDSHANK, CURLEW , 

3 NUTHATCH , HAY, 10 REDWING, 8 MISTLE THRUSH, 10 BLACKBIRD , 1 SONG THRUSH, GREAT SP WOODPECKER, 

9 LONG T TIT , COAL TIT .

Village - 1 TREE CREEPER 

Huxton Cross - 60 + SKYLARK 

WED 11 NOV 

A cloudy morning with a brisk S F6/7 wind .

Offshore - 185 GANNET , 66 RAZORMOT, 17 COMMON SCOTER , 

3 KITTIWAKE , 4 RAVEN
On the rocks - 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 

2 TURNSTONE, 1 SANDERLING, 1 KINGFISHER.

On South Huish Marsh- 50 TEAL 2 WIGEON , 35 MALLARD , 

5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 LAPWING , 200 BLACK HEADED GULL, 

2 AD 1 2W MED GULL 

TUES 10 NOV 

A morning of sunny periods with a light W breeze.

Quiet offshore - 25 GANNET, 1 GREAT N DIVER( flew in from west into Hope Cove ) , 12 RAZORMOT-SE, 6 SKYLARK , 2 CHAFFINCH , 

On Rocks / beaches - 9 TURNSTONE, 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 

7 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, 1 AD MED GULL , 1 L EGRET , 

1 KINGFISHER.

On South Huish Marsh- 50 TEAL , 2 WIGEON , 2 DUNLIN , 15 SNIPE, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 

3 MUTE SWAN , 1 CHIFFY M

At Aveton Gifford- 6 CHAFFINCH & a M BRAMBLING 

MON 9 NOV 

A sunny morning with a light F3 S breeze .Seawatch from 08.30- 10.00 - 

58 GANNET-SE, 28 KITTIWAKE-SE , 1 AD MED GULL , 470 RAZORMOT- SE ( passage ceased at 09.20 ) , 1 DB BRENT GOOSE -SE , 36 MIPIT, 3 SKYLARK , 2 PIED WAGTAIL .

On South Huish Marsh - 65 TEAL , 2 WIGEON , 2 AD 1 2W 2 1W MED GULL , 2 DUNLIN, 1 LAPWING , 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

5 GOLDCREST, 1 LONG T TIT, 12 BLACKBIRD , 2 MISTLE THRUSH , 

6 ROBIN - indication of migrant birds 

SUN 8 NOV 

Cloudy morning , light drizzle, poor offshore viz until 10.0- , calm 

08.45 South Huish Marsh- 70 + TEAL, 5 WIGEON , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 20 SNIPE , 2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 LAPWING. 

240 BLACK HEADED GULL, 2 AD 2 1W MED GULL , 2 STONECHAT, 3 CHIFFY, 3 MUTE SWAN 

 Brief Seawatch with improved vis 10.15- 10.30 - 2 GANNET , 

10 KITTIWAKE., 28 RAZORMOT-SE , 1 GREAT N DIVER - ON SEA, 

11 TEAL -ON SEA .

Moths - 10 of 6 species - 1 November Moth agg. , 2 Silver Y, 

1 Red Line Quaker, 2 Large Wainscot , 1 Black Rustic, 3 Light Brown Apple ( micro ) 

At South Efford Marsh- 6 LAPWING 

Late afternoon at South Huish Marsh - 2 SWALLOW 

 

 

SAT 7 NOV 

A morning of high cloud with a brisk E F4 wind . Decided to have a morning viz mig watch from my balcony - very interesting with 36 species logged in 90 mins from 07.40 .

Surprise was no WOOD PIGEON passage , but there was 1 flock of 7 STOCK DOVE -S .  Other highlights - 1 GREEN WOODY , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 KESTREL , 1 SPRAWK , 1 WATER RAIL , 4 PIED WAGTAIL , 3 SKYLARK , 8 MIPIT, 2 CHIFFY , 1 F REED BUNTING, 2 RAVEN -S . 

Good passage of Finches - 67 CHAFFINCH , 31 GOLDFINCH, 

6 GREENFINCH , 10 BLACBIRD , 10 REDWING ( 1 flock ) , 

2 MISTLE THRUSH

Best birds of the morning - 3 CROSSBILL ( 1M 2 F , S @08.00 ) 

 1 WOODCOCK appeared to come in off the sea @08.45 ) - this is my first garden record for at least 10 years )

'Eric had 6 ad SISKIN in his garden this afternoon .

 

10 moths of 7 species - 2 Large Wainscot, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Rusty Dot Pearl , 2 November Moth agg . , 

1 Feathered Thorn ( NFY ) 1 Brindled Ochre ( 3rd autumn record for this scarce specie .

News from Alan a nice WATER PIPIT on South Huish Marsh yesterday afternoon 

 

FRI 6 NOV 

A sunny morning with a strong ENE wind increasing from F5/6 to F8 

by 11.0- 

Started with a Seawatch from the car park - 120 GANNET -SE, 

155 RAZORMOT-SE , 72 KITTIWAKE-SE, 1 GREAT N DIVER -on sea , 

20 WIGEON -SE ( 4 small flocks ) , 7 COMMON SCOTER - NW ., 

33 CHAFFINCH , 5 SISKIN , 2 LINNET, 17 MIPIT -S , 6 PIED WAGTAIL

Todays WOOD PIGEON movement - over my garden - 350-S , whilst 

seawatching 3 flocks totalling 1350 returning north due to the strong winds.

On Yarmer Beach - 5 RINGED PLOVER.

South Huish Marsh - 60 TEAL, 36 WIGEON , 5 DUNLIN , 1 BLACK

TAILED GODWIT, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 

On the rocks - 7 RINGED PLOVER, 2 DUNLIN, 1 TURNSTONE.

After 10 days conditions were better to enable the moth trap to be used - whilst only 7 of 5 species  they were - 2 Large Wainscot, 

1 Rusty Dot Pearl , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Feathered Ranunculus, 1 November moth agg . ( NFY ) 

THURS 5 NOV 

Another sunny but cool morning with a light NE breeze .

Started lockdown 2 with a walk up to the high point of the golf course - 22 STARLING , 18 GOLDFINCH, 1 GREENFINCH, 25 CHAFFINCH, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 34 SKYLARK, 4 MIPIT, 

2 BRAMBLING ( 192 ), 2 SONG THRUSH , 7 BLACKBIRD, 5 REDWING , 2 CHIFFY, 140 JACKDAW ( 3 flocks -s ) . WOOD PIGEON movement 

380-N 1600-S

A dog walker described a bird she flushed on the Golf Couse this morning- a WOODCOCK .

On South Huish marsh-40 TEAL, 17 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 3 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON , 1 DUNLIN , 2 LAPWING, 1 CHIFFY .

On the rocks - 2 DUNLIN , 1 SANDERLING 

WED 4 NOV 

Sunny morning after a light frost , light NE breeze . Viz Mig watch from the high ground behind the church - 08.20- 10.30 

First big WOOD PIGEON movement - my log was - 3680-S and 1850-N , only 3 STOCK DOVE . 2 flocks of JACKDAW totaling 78 flew S , 4 RAVEN -S , 56 SKLARK -N , only 1 MIPIT -N, 41 CHAFFINCH-N , 

8 GOLDFINCH-N , 5 STARLING , 9 BLACKBIRD -N , 2 SONG THRUSH -N , 1 MISTLE THRUSH -S , 1 REDWING-S . 1 GREAT SP WOODY -S , 

3 GOLDEN PLOVER -NW , 1 KESTREL, 1 SPRAWK , in the hedgerow - 

2M 1 F BLACKCAP , 1 CHIFFY, 3 LONG T TIT, 2 CIRL BUNTING.

6 RINGED PLOVER reported from Yarmer Beach , 1 KINGFISHER at

 South Huish Marsh .

At Aveton Gifford - 6 REDWING , 2 FIELDFARE, NUTHATCH.

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 29 new birds inc- 12 CHIFFY , 

4 CETTIS WARBLER ( total of 22 for the year ), 4 GOLDCREST, 

1 GREAT SP WOODY . Also flying over - 1000 WOOD PIGEON , 

20 SKYLARK, 2 SISKIN , 1 F BLACKCAP 

TUES 3 NOV 

Amorning of sunny periods and showers , feeling cold in the brisk 

F 6/7 NW wind .

On South Huish Marsh- 32 WIGEON , 45 TEAL, 1M GADWALL ,

1 1W COMMON GULL , 7 MED GULL - 1 AD, 1 2W , 5 1W .

Seawatch - 60 GANNET, 2 KITTIWAKE, 65 RAZORMOT-SE , 1 RED T DIVER - SE 09.00, 1 GREAT N DIVER SE -9.40 , 4 SKYLARK-N 

8 CHAFFINCH -N 

ROCKS - 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 TURNSTONE, 1 RINGED PLOVER . also 4 reported on Yarmer Beach .

River Avon area - 14 REDSHANK , 6 GREENSHANK, 20 CURLEW, 

2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 LITTLE GREBE, 5 AD MED GULL , 

1 AD 4 1W COMMON GULL, 1 1W YELLOW L GULL , 8 GOLDCREST, 2 CHIFFY , BULLFINCH, MISTLE THRUSH, LONG T TIT , COAL TIT , JAY 

MON 2 NOV 

A sunny morning with light showers , gale force W winds continue .

Seawatch from 08.30--9.45 - very rough seas - 

21 GANNET , 28 GREAT B B GULL , 6 RAZORMOT, 1 GREAT N DIVER -SE @ 09.20 .

On beach / rocks - 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 RINGED PLOVER, 

8 TURNSTONE, 1 AD MED GULL .

10.00- 11.45 South Huish Marsh - looking through a flock of 20 large GULLS picked up a 1W GLOUCOUS GULL ( 191 ) a fortuitous 

sight as within 5 mins it had flown off SE- also 15 GREAT B B GULL , 5 LESSER B B GULL ,100 BLACK H GULL , 10 MED GULL ( 5 AD , 5 1W), 1 SHELDUCK, 12 TEAL , 15 WIGEON , 3 MUTE SWAN .

On South Efford Marsh - 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, REDSHANK, 

GREENSHANK , CURLEW, TEAL .

An early winter record for a GLAUCOUS GULL - NOTABLE large increase in GREAT B B GULL today 

Having spent some time in the last hour looking through Olsen & Larsson GULLS book I can also confirm a 1w CASPIAN GULL on the Marsh at the same time as the GLAUCOUS Gull 

SUN 1 NOV 

Cloudywith rain from 11.30 , poor viz offshore. WSW 7/8 wind 

Only 1 GANNET  picked up in the gloom , 16 OYSTERCATCHER on the rocks .

On South Huish Marsh - even more flooded this morning , unable to walk round the road due to floods -

30 TEAL , WIGEON , 3 MUTE SWAN, 1 WATER PIPIT, 4 STONECHAT , 4 SKYLARK, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON , 1 1W COMMON GULL , 

5 MED GULL ( 1 AD, 1 2W , 3 1W ), 3 SNIPE, 1 LITTLE GREBE, RAVEN 

Short visit to South Milton Ley - 4 CHIFFY, 12 GOLDFINCH, 7 CHAFFINCH, 1 WATER RAIL , 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 2 JAY, 1 SPRAWK , 1 KESTREL .

At South Efford Marsh- LESSER YELLOWLEGS - still , 6 GREENSHANK, REDSHANK, CURLEW.

Garden - 1 GREEN WOODY , 1 BUZZARD 

54 species recorded 

GREAT PHOTOSOF THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS AT SOUTH EFFORD MARSH FROM ALAN DOIDGE 

FRI 18 SEPT- CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH 

FRI 18 SEPT - WADERS ON THE KELP-KNOT, DUNLIN , SANDERLING RINGED PLOVER

 

Record shots of the Juv GLOSSY IBIS on South Huish Marsh  4/9

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 

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