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 DECEMBER review in the section headed
2020 Monthly Review
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 .
SAT 23 JAN
A nice winter morning - sunny calm conditions.
An hours watch from my balcony 11.00-12.00 produced 27 species inc - 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 GREEN WOODY, 1 JAY, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 1 F SISKIN ( 104 ), 4 GREENFINCH, 2 CHAFFINCH,
1 SONG THRUSH, KESTREL , 2 BUZZARD
A report of a large flock of Finches/ Buntings at the field by the
Bridlepath at Huxton Cross - 50 YELLOWHAMMER, 30 REED BUNTING , 2 CIRL BUNTING. 1 F BRAMBLING, 50 SKYLARK, also around 20 STOCK DOVE.
At South Milton Ley - CHIFFCHAFF, FIRECREST, CIRL BUNTING
& MISTLE THRUSH
FRI 22 JAN
A hard frost followed by a calm sunny morning.
Walked around the Huxton Cross fields - 9 SONG THRUSH, 2 M REED BUNTING, 4 YELLOWHAMMER, 5 CHAFFINCH , 1 M BRAMBLING (102), 45 LINNET , 60 SKYLARK .
On South Huish Marsh reports confirm- 150 + WIGEON , 60 TEAL , 4 M 2 F SHOVELER, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 22 SNIPE, 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 30 OYSTERCATCHER, Only 60 BLACK H GULL, 3 COMMON GULL.
Report from South Milton Ley of a mixed flock of birds in field by the ruined cottage contained, CIRL BUNTING, REED BUNTING,
YELLOWHAMMER, CHAFFINCH, MISTLE THRUSH, SONG THRUSH
At Aveton Gifford reports of - BULLFINCH , REED BUNTING,
GREY WAGTAIL , F BLACK REDSTART.
Report received of a FULMAR (103) in the Bay yesterday
CLOUDY with a W6 wind .
7 BRENT GOOSE flew SE across the Bay, offshore 14 GANNET,
5 KITTIWAKE .
On South Huish Marsh- 130 WIGEON , 65 TEAL , 1 M 3 F SHOVELER,
1 LITTLE GREBE, 3 SNIPE, 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 30 OYSTERCATCHER, amongst 300 BLACK H GULL were
4 MED GULL (1 ad 1 2W 2 1w ) 4 COMMON GULL, 6 LESSER B B GULL, 75 HERRING GULL.
WED 20 JAN
One of those days to be inside- after a stormy and wet night it didn't improve. A short trip to South Huish Marsh -
145 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 4 SHOVELER, 31 OYSTERCATCHER,
8 SNIPE , 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT . 3 AD MED GULL .
On the beach 4 TURNSTONE, 2 RINGED PLOVER
TUES 19 JAN
A cloudy morning after o/night rain .
10.00 South MiltonLey- 140 WIGEON, 50 TEAL , 4 SHOVELER, 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 25 OYSTERCATCHER,
Amongst 200 BLACK HEADED GULL were 10 COMMON GULL.
10 MED GULL ( 7 ad, 2 2W )
Around Huxton Cross 200 SKYLARK, 1 MERLIN ( 101 )
Found watching the Med Gulls very therapeutic they looked very good in the winter plumage - at least 2 starting to develop black hoods
MON 18 JAN
Cloudy morning, light breeze- rain from 12.15 . A very interesting day on the patch
Started with an hour from 08.15 on my balcony- 28 species inc 1 year tick and 2 new lockdown-
A M CETTIS WARBLER ( calling on the Marsh ) - 98 , over 50 GANNET close in offshore inc a feeding flock of 35 , ALSO -
7 MAGPIE, 6 BLACKBIRD, 1 WATER RAIL , 1 SNIPE, 1 CORMORANT, 1 HERON , 4 GREAT B B GULL, 1M CIRL BUNTING.
Short visit to South Huish Marsh - amongst 600 + BLACK H GULL
7 MED GULL ( 4 ad, 2 2W , 1 1w ) 8 COMMON GULL , 1 LESSER B B GULL, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON , 140 WIGEON,
60 TEAL, 4 SHOVELER, 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 15 OYSTERCATCHER ( + 20 on Yarmer Beach )
A local garden - 1 F BLACKCAP ,
Surprise of the morning found around the stubble fields at Huxton Cross a LITTLE BUNTING ( 99 ) , 20 REED BUNTING, YELLOWHAMMER, 25 REDWING, 2 FIELDFARE, 17 LINNET ( 100 )
First record for LITTLE BUNTING SINCE 2 AT South Milton Ley in March / April 2012.
Lockdown list now 50
SUN 17 JAN
A cool but sunny morning- walked over to South Huish Marsh for -9.30- 185 WIGEON. ,90 TEAL, 4 SHOVELER, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 40 CANADA GOOSE, 8 SNIPE, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 24 OYSTERCATCHER ( +10 on rocks ), amongst 400 BLACK HEADED GULL 2 COMMON GULL,
100 HERRING GULL.
Report received of a flock of 8 PINTAIL - NW ( 97 ) @ 08.24,
1 RED T DIVER .
ON South Efford Marsh- WIGEON TEAL , 1 LAPWING , 2 GOLDCREST .2 REED BUNTING, M MANDARIN.
IN my garden this morning- 2 SNIPE, 2 LONG T TIT, 5 MIPIT, 1 F STONECHAT, 1 HERON .This evening a TAWNY OWL.
Moth trap on yesterday evening- 2 WINTER MOTHS - photo on the Moths page
SAT 16 JAN
Report this morning of 2 GREAT N DIVER , 3 BRENT GOOSE - NW (96).
At Aveton Gifford- 1 F BLACK REDSTART
FRI 15 JAN
Balcony watch from 11.00 for an hour on an overcast but calm morning. 24 species logged ,just 1 new a F BLACK REDSTART-
also-6 LONG T TIT, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 7 DUNNOCK,6 MALLARD, 1 HERON , 1 SNIPE, 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 M CIRL BUNTING
2 BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL
Report from Aveton Gifford - the LESSER YELLOWLEGS still around
Reports received - Thurlestone Bay - 6 MED GULL , 2 TURNSTONE.
South Huish Marsh- 140 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 4 SHOVELER, 2 LITTLE GREBE.
South Milton Ley- 3 WATER RAIL, GREEN WOODPECKER, 40 REDWING, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, GREY WAGTAIL, 6 CHIFFY, GOLDCREST, FIRECREST .
THURS 14 JAN
A cloudy morning with light drizzle , wind WNW 5
Walked over to South Huish Marsh this morning - water levels back to normal - 230 WIGEON, 125 TEAL , 8 SHOVELER, 3 SNIPE,
7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 OYSTERCATCHER, Amonst 150 BLACK H GULL 1 2W MED GULL 120 HERRING GULL, 1 LB B GULL
Flying SE over the bay a M COMMON SCOTER ( 95 )
Over my garden at 15.30 a large flock of 1200 + HERRING GULL,
3 BUZZARD , 1 KESTREL, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER
WED 13 JAN
On a cloudy morning watching from my balcony produced 23
species - new for the lockdown list - 2 CANADA GOOSE , 1 SPRAWK,
2 M MALLARD - total now 46 - also - 2 HERON , GOLDCREST, GREENFINCH , CHAFFINCH , GREAT SP WOODPECKER.
In a local garden a F BLACKCAP & a SPRAWK .
First moth record of the year in a local porch a December Moth a new one for me . Photos will be posted on the Moth 2021 photos page later
TUES 12 JAN
Another cloudy morning with showers - An hours watch from my balcony at 11.25 , only 20 species today - new were HOUSE SPARROW, JAY , others 3 HERON , 2 CHIFFY, 1 LONG T TIT, 1 SNIPE , 8 GREENFINCH, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 10 GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL -N .
Lockdown list - 43 .
Report from Yarmer Beach - 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE,
4 RINGED PLOVER.
MON 11 JAN
Cloudy morning with rain showers and a brisk F4/5 W wind .
A walk to the village shop followed by an hour on my balcony from 11.00 produced 27 species - new for the lockdown list - GOLDCREST, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, COAL TIT , GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL - ALSO 3 REDWING , 12 BLACKBIRD ,
8 LONG T TIT, 9 GREENFINCH, 20 CHAFFINCH, 1 HERON , 8 SNIPE
( flushed by a BUZZARD ) , 2 STONECHAT, 2 MIPIT
Lockdown list now - 40 .
At Aveton Gifford- 1F BLACK REDSTART , 15 FIELDFARE
On The beach/rocks at South Milton Sands - 2 F BLACK REDSTART
SUN 10 JAN
Thick fog this morning prevented me doing my Balcony Birdwatch until 11.40 , through to 13.00 managed 28 species with new lockdown ticks of - WREN , HERON, 8 REDWING , SNIPE, 10 MIPIT, 2 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 GREY WAGTAIL, LONG T TIT, SONG THRUSH, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 2 BUZZARD . Also logged - 7 DUNNOCK,
1 KESTREL , 1 CHIFFY, 1 GREEN WOODPECKER, GREENFINCH,
Lockdown list - 36
Reports received from - South MiltonLey - 30 + CHIFFY ,
2 FIRECREST, 4 GOLDCREST .
On the rocks a CURLEW, on the Marsh - SANDERLING, RINGED PLOVER, SNIPE , BLACK TAILED GODWIT.
At Aveton Gifford/Tidal Road- LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 F BLACK REDSTART , 1 FIRECREST, 20 LONG T TIT
SAT 9 JAN
A cloudy and cold morning to start my lockdown list from the balcony - 08.20- 09.30 25 species today which included 2 year ticks !
The 2 stand out birds were a M CIRL BUNTING ( 94 ) and a F BULLFINCH ( my second year tick ) , also 2 KESTREL, 1CORMORANT - NW, 3 STARLING-E, 1 GREENFINCH, 2 GOLDFINCH, 3 CHAFFINCH,
1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 1 F STONECHAT, 1 WATER RAIL , a flock of
16 STOCK DOVE flew N.
At Aveton Gifford - 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 6 REDWING
FRI 8 JAN
Cold frost but sunny mornings continue.
Reports received today -
Bay - 40 GANNET , 65 RAZORMOT, 2 GUILLEMOT- on sea,
1 AD MED GULL , 4 RED T DIVER -SE , 1 BLACK T DIVER-SE,
20 WIGEON-SE, 10 SHAG -1 flock on sea .
On rocks - 6 RINGED PLOVER, 6 TURNSTONE, 5 OYSTERCATCHER,
2 RAVEN -over
On South Huish Marsh- 180 WIGEON, 95 TEAL, 1 LITTLE GREBE,
1 LITTLE EGRET, 8 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, 21 OYSTERCATCHER 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 STONECHAT,
1 SPRAWK, 1 F BLACK REDSTART
At South Milton Ley- 30 CHIFFY, 2 GOLDCREST, 1 FIRECREST
, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER.
Thurlestone Marsh - 1 WATER RAIL .
Aveton Gifford / Tidal Road - 1 F BLACK REDSTART, GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , LESSER YELLOWLEGS, MANDARIN
THURS 7 JAN
Another cold but sunny day with only a light NNE breeze .
An interesting day for Divers - a report of 7 flying SE and 1 NW before 09.00 , later 1 on the sea at 09.50 with 1 SE at 10.00
( probably same bird ) , this afternoon 2 on the sea with a BLACK THROATED DIVER ( 92 )
On rocks - 11 TURNSTONE, 2 RINGED PLOVER , 1 AD MED GULL .
On South Huish Marsh- 155 WIGEON, 95 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, 3 LITTLE GREBE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 35 SNIPE, 1 JACK SNIPE ,
27 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 1 SANDERLING,
2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,1 WATER PIPIT, 1 F BLACK REDSTART,
16 GREENFINCH, 2 CHIFFY, 3 SONG THRUSH.
Short visit to South Milton Ley -1 FIRECREST, 4 GOLDCREST,
30 + CHIFFY, 1GREY WAGTAIL, 1 GREAT SP WOODY, 5 LONG T TIT ,
1 F REED BUNTING.
News from Aveton Gifford - 1 F BLACK REDSTART And a hunting BARN OWL ( 93 )
WED 6 JAN
Another sunny but very cold morning with a light NE breeze . First day of the new lockdown rules to be observed , reports received from several contributors.
On South Huish Marsh- 190 WIGEON, 55 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER,
8 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT
23 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 RAVEN , 3 SONG THRUSH, 1 AD MED GULL , 1 CHIFFY, 31 SNIPE .1 F BLACK REDSTART.
On rocks - 1 ad MED GULL , 5 TURNSTONE.
Huxton / Upton Cross - first flock of winter thrushes -
30 FIELDFARE ( 88 ) , 10 REDWING ( 89 ) 3 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 3 YELLOWHAMMER, 30 CHAFFINCH, 25 STARLING, 150 SKYLARK, 200 WOOD PIGEON , 1 KESTREL, 4 BUZZARD.
South MiltonLey and lane - 2 LAPWING, CHAFFINCH flock,
1 REED BUNTING ( 90 ) , 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 1 WATER RAIL
South Efford Marsh/ Aveton Gifford - LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREENSHANK, REDSHANK , 6 REDWING , 1 F BULLFINCH,
FERAL PIGEON ( 91 ) , 1 F BLACK REDSTART
A recent report by Barry Rankine mentioned some damage to the left wing of the Lesser Yellowlegs- from photos taken when the bird first seen on 14 October 2020 , could this be moult ?
TUES 5 JAN
Another sunny but bitterly cold in a NE F4 wind .
Sort Seawatch - 35 GANNET, 115 RAZORMOT, 3 KITTIWAKE, 1 AD MED GULL .
On South Huish Marsh - 8 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING,
14 SNIPE , 1 JACK SNIPE ( 87 ) 22 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LAPWING,
1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 HERON, 185 WIGEON, 50 TEAL ,
2 SHOVELER, amongst around 50 BLACK H GULL , 1 AD COMMON GULL
At South Milton Ley , 25+ CHIFFY, 4 GOLDCREST, LONG T TIT ,
3 SONG THRUSH, 2 MISTLE THRUSH, 10 MIPIT .2 GREENFINCH.
Afternoon at Tidal Road- LESSER YELLOWLEGS still, GREENSHANK , REDSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 LITTLE GREBE, GREY WAGTAIL . BLACKCAPS reported in a village garden, 1 M MANDARIN .
Web pages now set up for 2021 - unlikely to find any posts on the Moths page for a while
MON 4 JAN
Reports received today from several observers-
South Huish Marsh - 150+ WIGEON, 30 TEAL, SHOVELER, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 7 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 F BLACK REDSTART.17 SNIPE
Aveton Gifford- tidal road - LESSER YELLOWLEGS - STILL SHOWING WELL, 3 REDSHANK, 1 GREENSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1M MANDARIN, , GREY WAGTAIL, MISTLE THRUSH, CHIFFY, 1 M BULLFINCH ( 86 )
I visited Exminster Marshes and the Exe Estuary on a bitterly cold day managed to find all the expected wafers and ducks also ,
a F MARSH HARRIER , 10 BARNACLE GOOSE , Large flocks of
BRENT GOOSE- DB , , At Cotten 2 CATTLE EGRET.
SUN 3 JAN
Cloudy morning with some bright periods, a cold NE F3 wind .
Visited the Marsh before the crowds arrived - -9.00- 1030
8 RINGED PLOVER ( 79 ) , 1 SANDERLING ( 80 ) , 12 SNIPE , 27 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 GOLDEN PLOVER ( 81 ) over , 150 WIGEON, 50 TEAL , 4 SHOVELER, 3 LITTLE GREBE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON .
1 WATER PIPIT ( 84 ) 3 STONECHAT.1 F BLACK REDSTART
Bay - 75 GANNET, 65 RAZORMOT, 1 AN MED GULL ( 82) 1 1w
COMMON GULL ( 83 )
Reporrt from South Milton Ley - 1 WATER RAIL, CHIFFY, GOLDCREST, 2 GREY WAGTAIL , 3 SONG THRUSH .
QUICK VISIT TO Aveton Gifford/Tidal Rd @ 12.30 - LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 REDSHANK, 1 GREENSHANK , 1 KINGFISHER, 1 RAVEN ( 85 )
Went back to Gara Bridge a very good hour - 8 REDWING,
10 REDPOLL , 2 SISKIN , 3 MARSH TIT, 5 GOLDCREST, 1 NUTHATCH, 20 + LONG T TIT, 5 COAL TIT, 1 TREE CREEPER, 2 DIPPER ,
1 F GOOSANDER
Patch year list- 85
SAT 2 JAN
Another cold but sunny morning- still trying to miss the crowds on the coast , started this morning at New Mill ( Loddiswell ) 1 DIPPER
On to Topsham Bridge - 3 DIPPER , NUTHATCH, COAL TIT ,
1 GREY WAGTAIL .
Another visit to Gara Bridge where 3 DIPPER , 1 MARSH TIT,
NUTHATCH, LONG T TIT, GREAT SP WOODY
Aveton Gifford / South Efford Marsh - 4 GREENSHANK ( 74 ),
7 REDSHANK , 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 1 M MANDARIN , 1 GREY WAGTAIL ( 75 ), 2 LAPWING ( 76 ), 1 SPRAWK , 11 CURLEW,
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 JAY, 1 MISTLE THRUSH ( 77 )
1 FIRECREST ( 78 ) , 1 F BLACK REDSTART,
South Huish Marsh - Lesley reports - SHOVELER, TEAL , LITTLE GREBE, SNIPE, offshore- up to 1000 GANNET ( feeding frenzy ) , along the lanes 1 GREEN WOODPECKER.
John at South Milton Ley - WATER RAIL, 2 SONG THRUSH , 20 GOLDFINCH
1 JAN 2021 -Cracking start to the New Year thanks to reports from ,
Eric, James & John to add to my own . Hard Frost o/night , sunny morning, odd light shower Light NW breeze .
Started with a Garden Watch - 08.00- 08.35 21 species inc -
1 CHIFFY, KESTREL, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH, GOLDFINCH,
GREEN WOODY , 2 GANNET .
At South Milton Ley and John's garden - 6 CHIFFY, GOLDCREST,
PIED WAGTAIL, JAY, GREAT SP WOODY, SPRAWK, 2 WATER RAIL , 2 SNIPE, TAWNY OWL .
Driving through the lanes - COLLARD DOVE, 8 STARLING , 1 M YELLOWHAMMER, 2 BUZZARD
On South Huish Marsh - WIGEON , TEAL , MALLARD , 4 SHOVELER,
LITTLE GREBE, MUTE SWAN , 12 SNIPE, 3 SONG THRUSH , 30 SKYLARK, STONECHAT , 1F BLACK REDSTART.OYSTERCATCHER.
Rocks - TURNSTONE, ROCK PIPIT,
Offshore - 9 RED T DIVER , 2 GREAT N DIVER, 60 GANNET , 2 KITTIWAKE, 2 SHAG ,
On South Efford Marsh - Tidal Rd - good views of the LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 6 REDSHANK , CURLEW, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER,
WIGEON TEAL , MANDARIN , 10 BLACK T GODWIT, KINGFISHER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, LONG T TIT , 1 BLACKCAP.
I also visited - Kingsbridge Est ( pumping station ) 70 BRENT GOOSE -DB , SHELDUCK , 2 RED B MERGANSER, GREENSHANK , DUNLIN , CURLEW , REDSHANK,
At Slapton Ley - 4 M POCHARD , 1 F GOLDENEYE , 30 GADWALL,
45 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 1 M & 1F RING NECKED DUCK,
2 AD MED GULL
Finally at Gara Bridge in fading light - 2 JAY , 1 MARSH TIT .
For the patch the year list totalled - 73.
MON 28 DEC
With the possibility of further CORVID 19 restrictions decided to drive over to Bude Marshes where the SOCIABLE LAPWING had been relocated after its stay around Lands End
Spent well over an hour looking at it - at least in dry and sometimes bright if cold conditions.
My 3rd life tick this year , a very enjoyable day out - 3 photos below , more on the 2020 SEPT photos page
WED 23 DEC
Rain, Rain, & more Rain ☔️
South Huish Marsh 09.15-11.15 viewed from the car !
A site first picked up on the right hand corner - LESSER YELLOWLEGS ( photos below ) - must be the South Efford Marsh bird , also 8 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN , 25 OYSTERCATCHER , amongst the 100 BLACK H GULL 1 AD, 2 1W MED GULL , 50 HERRING GULL, 10 GREAT B B GULL , 2 LESSER B B GULL .
WIGEON & TEAL present - not counted .
SUN 20 DEC
A morning of sunny periods and showers with a F5/6 SW wind .
09.15 Seawatch- 120 GANNET, 1 2W MED GULL -SE , 2 KITTIWAKE, 3 RAZORMOT, 2 SHAG .
On South Huish Marsh- 120 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE,
1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 F BLACK REDSTART,
29 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 2 PEREGRINE-over .
An albino GREAT N DIVER has been reported in the Salcombe Est
2 photos from Alan - a most unusual seasonal record
GOOSANDER -SOUTH HUISH MARSH - ALAN DOIDGE
GREAT PHOTOSOF THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS AT SOUTH EFFORD MARSH FROM ALAN DOIDGE
FRI 18 SEPT - WADERS ON THE KELP-KNOT, DUNLIN , SANDERLING RINGED PLOVER
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
FRI 28 JUNE
Record shot of this mornings MARSH HARRIER taken by Richie Moore
For a full frame image press on the photo
FANTASTIC PHOTO FROM RICHIE MOORE OF A M KENTISH PLOVER
ONLY THE SECOND RECORD IN LAST 20 YEARS !
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 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