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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BIRD RACE DAY  SUNDAY 5 APRIL 

Have received an email about Bird Life CYPRUS organising one I thought some of the blog followers might enjoy a challenge - the end result is to see how many species can be recorded in different sites anywhere - the main restriction is that you must be inside your garden , balcony , patio . Birds heard can be included . 
Start time will be 08.00- 12.00 .

If you intend to participate let me know , I will set up a separate blog page if there is some interest . I will need an address and type of surrounding area you live in .

Will break up the boarded of being locked in .

Contact details - mikepassman@modbury.me.uk , 01548 560076 

Enjoy your local birds 
 

Have posted a copy of the 2019 ANNUAL REVIEW -to access choose the appropriate header 

Have posted a copy of the FEBRUARY  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Anne & I have withdrawn from any contact with family or friends until this very worrying situation is resolved, .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 .

My Aortic heart valve replacement procedure has now been delayed again - having been told yesterday it was brought forward to 2 April , today it has been deferred until possibly July - unless I become seriously ill and have to dial 999 ! 

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 3 APRIL 

Cloudy morning, sunny pm , light breeze .

3 periods of Garden Watch totalling 3 hours - total species recorded 32  inc- 14GANNET , 1 AD MED GULL , 2 SANDWICH TERN -SE , (60) 

 

2 CANADA GOOSE , 4 CHIFFY, 1M WHEATEAR, 1 SONG THRUSH 

3 GREENFINCH , 1M CIRL BUNTING, 1 SPRAWK , 3 BUZZARD , 1 GREEN WOODY , 

Lockdown list 60 species 

Nick reports a SWALLOW .

OFFSHORE - 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on sea  also 2 SE , 

2AD MED GULL , 2 FULMAR .

ERIC reports - 1M PINTAIL , 1 TREE CREEPER , 1M BULLFINCH 

2 APRIL -THURS 

Cloudy morning , sunny periods pm, light breeze . 3 periods of Garden Watch - -8.00-09.00, 12.00-13.00 , 16.50- 17.30 - best day of the lockdown period !

1- 3 CANADA GOOSE and a DUNLIN - N were new lockdown ticks ., 

2 CORMORANT, 1 AUK , 3 GANNET, 1 HERON , 2 SONG THRUSH , 3 CHIFFY, 6 GOLDFINCH, 4 M CHAFFINCH , 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 3 STONECHAT.

Ploughing in a field opposite resulted in a large flock of GULLS , comprising- 300 + HERRING , 1 LESSER BLACK BLACK , 20 BLACK HEADED, 8 MED GULL ( 4 ad, 2 2W, 2 1w )- looked splendid in s/p - a garden record 

2- 1 KESTREL , 1 GREENFINCH, 4M 1F WHEATEAR (all around the 2nd tee on the golf course) 

3-2 MIPIT, 8 LINNET, 1 GREEN WOODY , another 3 M WHEATEAR

on the Golf Course 

Lockdown List 59

On his way back from the Marsh , Nick had a WHIMBREL.

James had 3 probable G N DIVER -SE @ 09.00 , 2 on sea , 3 COMMON SCOTER -SE .

ERIC reports 2 NUTHATCH  outside his garden 

1 APRIL 

A sunny morning with a light NNE breeze - nice day for a walk so I went over to South Huis Marsh - 36 TEAL , 1 F WIGEON , 2 SHELDUCK, 3 COOT , 1 RINGED PLOVER , SKYLARK , 4 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL.

Offshore - 1 GREAT N DIVER - on sea , RED T DIVER - 4 SE @ 09.35 , 1 @10.35 , 1 on sea , 5 GANNET , 4 COMMON SCOTER - SE , 

2 LITTLE EGRET, 9 RAZORMOT -SE 

'On the rocks 4 ROCK PIPIT, 2 OYSTERCATCHER .

On Bolt Tail a WHEATEAR .

Along Mallards Lane a M BLACKCAP .

At Aveton Gifford Eric had a good morning- GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , COMMON SANDPIPER, KESTREL , SPRAWK , GOLDCREST , FIRECREST , 2 BLACKCAP, COAL TIT , LONG T TIT, SONG THRUSH , MISTLE THRUSH, RAVEN , STARLING , GREY WAGTAIL, REED BUNTING , GREENFINCH , GREEN WOODY .Late evening a TAWNY OWL outside his garden 

 

Only a limited Garden Watch today - highlights - KESTREL, GREEN WOODY , 3 BUZZARD , 10 CHAFFINCH, 1 GREENFINCH, 8 LINNET , 

2 MISTLE THRUSH  took the Lockdown list to 57.

Nick had a pair of BULLFINCH in his garden , also JAY AND GREAT SP WOODY 

Species recorded today totalled 71surprisingly  three more than 1April 2019 - local,patch birding to the fore .

TUES 31 MAR 

Well the month certainly finished a lot different than  we thought it would when it started ! Despite the lockdown situation birdwatching is still continuing with an emphasis on what can be seen from gardens or brief local walks .

Still feeling cold in a brisk F 5/6 ENE wind with an overcast sky .

Garden watch this morning produced 26 species - more time spent trying to pick up birds offshore - 11 GANNET , 1 RED T DIVER -SE , 

1 RAZORBILL -SE , 5 RAZORMOT -SE, 14 BLACK H GULL , 1 AD MED GULL -NW., 1 G B B GULL , 8 LINNET, 2 STONECHAT, 3 GREENFINCH

17.00-17.30- 2 BUZZARD , 2 GREEN WOODY , 1 MALLARD , 1 M WHEATEAR  

Lockdown list now 56. 

Over at Aveton Gifford Eric reports- 1 SWALLOW ( 138 ), 1 FIRECREST , GOLDCREST, BULLFINCH , 2 BLACKCAP, 2 GREENFINCH, 8 GOLDFINCH , 6 CHIIFY , 2 MISTLE THRUSH .

A brief Seawatch report - 2 GREAT N DIVER - on sea , 1 RED T DIVER -NW, 24 COMMON SCOTER , 1 FULMAR , a few KITTIWAKE .

Report from Rod Bone - a SWALLOW and a m PINTAIL , KINGFISHER 

Late news from S H Marsh - a BAR TAILED GODWIT & A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER ( 139 ) with an ad RINGED PLOVER 

 

MON 30 MAR 

Sunny morning , clouding over in the afternoon, still cold with a F4/5NE wind .

Garden watch 07.50-08.50 - a total of 25 species logged- 3 CHIFFY, 

3 GANNET, 2 MIPIT , 2 STONECHAT, 1 HERON , only 1 new bird a 

BLACK HEADED GULL .

Additional watching during this afternoon added another 4 species - 

MOORHEN , KESTREL, GREAT SP WOODY , 1 M CIRL BUNTING 

Total of 29 is highest day count , since 23 March total now 51.

SUN 29 MAR

A sunny morning , cloudy later with a cold NE wind .

Early morning garden watch produced 24 species -

2HERON , 17 GANNET , 2 G N DIVER-SE,  10 GOLDFINCH, 

1 STONECHAT , 1 SONG THRUSH 

Seawatch report this morning 3 RED T DIVER - 2 on sea in s/p 

9COMMON SCOTER , A SPRAWK flew N at least 2 miles offshore 

SAT 28 MAR 

Although sunny felt cold with a strong NE wind.Garden Watch from 07.30-10.30- 27 species inc - 3 CHIFFY, 18 GOLDFINCH , 2 COLLARD DOVE , 1 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 STONECHAT, 5 CHAFFINCH, 1 GREENFINCH, 3 LINNET , 1 M CIRL BUNTING, 1 GREEN WOODY , 5 BUZZARD , 5 L B B GULL -N , 10 distant GANNET, 6 MALLARD .

Report from a short Seawatch this morning - 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 RED T DIVER , 5 SANDWICH TERN, several AD MED GULL, 1 WHEATEAR , most of the AUKS were GUILLEMOT 

Report of a M GARGANEY on South Huish Marsh this afternoon , also nearby a WHEATEAR. and a BLACK TAILED GODWIT 

Another Garden list - Richie in Modbury - 21 species inc - 1M BLACKCAP, 1 LITTLE EGRET , STOCK DOVE , BUZZARD .

GARDEN PHOTOS- HERRING GULL, CHIFFY 

FRI 27 MAR 

Another sunny spring like day with a light NE breeze.

Garden Watch - 09.30-13.00- 25 species inc - 6 BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 3 CHIFFY, 2 GREEN WOODY , 1 MOORHEN , 6 CHAFFINCH , 2 GREENFINCH , 1 PIED WAGTAIL , 2 GANNET ( distant views as the flew NW , SCOPED.

Another local garden report - 1 F BLACKCAP , 2 SONG THRUSH .

SEAWATCH REPORTS TODAY - early morning - 70 GANNET , 3 FULMAR -SE , 2 MANX SHEARWATER SE @ 07.30 , also 2 sat on the sea with GANNET .At least 600 HERRING GULL in the Bay , 62 BLACK H GULL , 8 AD MED GULL , 2 GREAT N DIVER - 1 SE , 1 ON SEA , 

RED T DIVER - 3 NW , 1 ON SEA , 2 SHELDUCK , 1M 1F TUFTED DUCK 

(137 ) flew out of South Milton Ley - this specie has become scarce 

in recent years ( only 1 record in 2019 ). 5LINNET -N , 2 PIED WAGTAIL 2 LITTLE EGRET .

 

THURS 26 MAR 

Todays Garden Watch total only 28 species inc- 2 CORMORANT-N ,

1 GREAT SP WOODY , 2 CHIFFY, 10 GOODFINCH , 1 F CIRL BUNTING , 1 M STONECHAT , 1 KESTREL , 2 BUZZARD , 1 STOCK DOVE .

Over at Aveton Gifford Eric scored with 3 HOUSE MARTIN ( 136 ) 

and a GREY WAGTAIL .

PLEASE NOTE - DEVON WILDLIFE TRUST HAVE CLOSED THEIR 

SOUTH EFFORD MARSH RESERVE , including locking the Hide .

Seawtch reports to day - morning - 70 GANNET, 115 RAZORMOT, 

3 FULMAR , MANX SHEARWATER- 3 NW @08.00 & 5 SE @ 08.03 , 

A flock of 40 GULLS landed in the Bay @ 08.30 - 29 BLACK HEADED AND 11 MED GULLS - 7 AD , 1 2W , 3 1W , 4 GREAT N DIVER - SE , 

1 RED T DIVER - on sea, 54 COMMON SCOTER - SE ( only 2 F ) , further 15 this afternoon, 1BUZZARD -N ( very dark bird ) 

2 SKYLARK & 3 LINNET -N 

WED 25 MAR 

'Garden Watch 10.00- 13.00-26 species inc- 3 CHIFFY, 1 WILLOW WARBLER , 1 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 HERON , 3 GOLDFINCH , 4 SKYLARK -N , 2 SPRAWK , 1M CIRL BUNTING, 

Only 17 BUZZARD today - kettles of- 4, 3 , 3x2, 4x1 .

A report of a 1 hour Seawatch from 08.00- 165 GANNET , 

135 RAZORMOT-SE, 1 FULMAR , 2 SHELDUCK, 3M 1F COMMON SCOTER,1 RED T DIVER -on sea , 3 GREAT N DIVER - SE , 2 BLACK T DIVER - ON SEA .

I am informed the Nat Trust car park at South Huish Marsh is now closed off .

TUES 24 MAR

A very nice spring day - light E winds , confined to my garden today, with some interesting observations .During the day logged 29 species, inc - 7 CHAFFINCH, 3 CHIFFY, 8 GOLDFINCH, 2 GREENFINCH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY, 2 RAVEN , 2 KESTREL, 2 SPRAWK, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, , 2 LONG T TIT, 1 CORMORANT 

 

FROM 10.00 TO 13.00 I LOGGED 45 BUZZARD all soaring some high up in a S/SE direction , - largest flock 7 , 1 of 6, 2 of 4, 3 of 3 .

Interstingly Rob Macklin has reported 36 BUZZARD over his village near Slapton , however his were in a 2 hour period this afternoon 

MON 23 MAR 

Another sunny morning with a brisk F6 E wind .

Started with a 30 min Garden Watch from 07.45 - something I expect to be doing on a daily basis fairly soon - 21 species logged 

inc - 4 CHIFFY, 5 GOLDFINCH , 3 CHAFFINCH, 1 GANNET , 1 BUZZARD .

Only a short visit to South Huish Marsh at 10.00 - did not get out of the car - 22 WIGEON , 25 TEAL , 8 SHELDUCK , 1M 2F SHOVELER, 

1 RUFF , 1 REDSHANK , 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT.

Report of a pair of GARGANEY in a channel at the back of the Marsh early morning 

Report from James at Hope - at 10.15 he watched a SHORT EARED OWL ( 135 ) flying across the Bay until it went behind Burgh Island .

Also 1 GREAT N DIVER -SE , & 2 RED T DIVER on sea.

Near Hatch Bridge 19 SAND MARTIN this morning .

SUN 22 MAR 

Lovely sunny morning with an F6/7ENE wind - too many visitors .

A report received of a pair of GARGANEY  (133) on a private pond .

At South Huish Marsh Richie and I found - 1 RUFF , 1REDSHANK , 2 AVOCET still present , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 1 CATTLE EGRET 

( 134 ) briefly on the marsh before flying over to the herd of Frisian 

Cows , 25 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 8 SHELDUCK , 2M 3F SHOVELER, 

30 ALBA WAGTAIL , 5 CHIFFY.

Richie had a few MANX SHEARWATER early with large numbers of GANNET , 13 FULMAR , 1 GREAT N DIVER .

South Efford Marsh this afternoon - 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 DUNLIN, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 

1 WHIMBREL, 2 SAND MARTIN , 1 F WHEATEAR, 10 + CHIFFY,

1 GREY WAGTAIL.

Richie reported from South Milton Ley this afternoon - REED 

Photos of GARGANEY , RUFF , CATTLE EGRET 22 MAR 2020 

last 2 by Richie 

SAT 21 MAR - SPRING WADERS 

A cloudy morning with a F7/8 E wind .Small numbers of waders flying into the Bay and then straight up the valley - 6 patch year ticks .

-9.00 South Huish Marsh - first surprise of the day - 2 AVOCET (126)

feeding on the front pool , still present when I left at 13.00 .Also 25

WIGEON , 20 TEAL , 4 SHELDUCK , 2 SHOVELER .

Seawatch - best this year - from 09.10-12.30 

95 GANNET , 4 FULMAR , 5 MANX SHEARWATER- NW @ 11.40 , 

1 GREAT N DIVER - SE @09.15 , 10 COMMON SCOTER - SE , 

1 GREAT C GREBE - ON SEA , 20 SHOVELER ( 9.,7,2, 2, ) 1 TEAL -SE 

2 HERON - IN OFF , 1 PEREGRINE-SE , 9 BAR TAILED GODWIT ( 127)-  ) 3, 4, 1,1), 5 GREY PLOVER(128 ) -(3,1,1,) 2 LAPWING, 

1 WHIMBREL (129 ) , 1 DUNLIN with a RUFF ( 130 ), 3 TURNSTONE, 

3 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 PUFFIN ( 131 ) -SE, 12 MIPIT -N 

Short visit 16.15- 16.45 - Bobs C/park - 10 CORMORANT-NW, 7 GANNET , 1 GREY PLOVER

At 16.45 James had a SANDWICH TERN ( 132 ) flying SE through Hope 

With the strong E winds continuing for at least 3 more days  

should be interesting to see what else arrives . 

AVOCET - S H MARSH 21/3

Have -it a few more photos on the 2020 photos page 

FRI 20 MAR - ALBA WAGTAIL PASSAGE 

A cloudy morning with a F5 NE wind increasing to F8 later .

Seawatch from 09.00-10.45 - 76 GANNET -SE , 4 FULMAR, 4 COMMON SCOTER-NW, 2 pairs + 1 F SHOVELER -SE , 6 RAZORMOT, 

2 SHAG , 16 CORMORANT , 1 HERON -in off , 2 LINNET& 3 GOLDFINCH- N , 

'Early morning a report of a WHEATEAR (125) on the Marsh 

10.45- 12.30 South Huish Marsh 4 SHELDUCK, 25 WIGEON , 10 TEAL, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 60 BLACK H GULL , 1 2W MED GULL 

1 AD YELLOW L GULL, 1 LINNET , 3 WATER PIPIT ( 1partial s/p ) 

7 MIPIT, 9 ROCK PIPIT, .

A sustained passage of ALBA WAGTAIL first noticed at 11.15 

25 WHITE WATAIL , 105 PIED WAGTAIL ( some flocks of over 20 ) 

Return visit 16.00 to 17.15 - changes from this morning 

40 TEAL , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( 1in s/p ) , 1 SNIPE , 

1 DUNLIN , 8 MIPIT , 51 ALBA WAGTAIL.

SOME OF THE WHITE WAGTAIL WERE STUNNING .

At South Efford Marsh Eric & Rod report - 1SAND MARTIN , 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 SHELDUCK , 6 GOOSANDER ( Hatch Bridge ) 

1 CHIIFY , 1 WATER PIPIT ( almost full s/p )

THURS 19 MAR 

A morning that started with a few bright periods later became cloudy , a NE wind F2 increasing to F4 .

Seawatch from 09.15-10.45 - 140 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 1 AD MED GULL , 45 BLACK H GULL ( single flock ) , 1 GREAT C GREBE , 

1 RED T DIVER & 20 RAZORBILL- on sea , 11 CORMORANT, 

2 M COMMON SCOTER , 1 F EIDER - se( 123) , 1 GREAT N DIVER -SE .On the rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh - 25 WIGEON , 35 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK, 

3 LITTLE EGRET, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 CHIFFY . 
Report from Richie at 17.00 - 13 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 4 LITTLE EGRET .

At Aveton Gifford at 07.30 Eric had a singing WILLOW WARBLER 

( 124 ) .

WED 18 MAR 

A cloudy morning with a F4 SW wind .

Seawatch from 09.00-11.15 - 30 GANNET , 55 KITTIWAKE, 

3 RED T DIVER - 1on sea , 2 NW @ 09.25, 1 GREAT C GREBE - on sea , 62 RAZORBILL & 10GUILLEMOT - on sea ,at 10.15 picked up a 2W 

ICELAND GULL - flew in from Hope Cove, proceeded across the Bay before disappearing into the gloom ( 122) , not seen again 

On South Huish Marsh - 22 WIGEON, 32 TEAL ,3 SHELDUCK, 

2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 COOT , 

Less GULLS than previous days - 15 BLACK HEADED , 8 LESSER B B , 60 HERRING .

 

TUES 17 MAR - Diver Fest 

A cloudy morning with a F4 SW wind .Seawatch from 08.45- 11.15 

one of the best this year .A total of 15 Divers logged - 

RED T DIVER - 12 - 1NW @ 09.30, 7 Nw @09.46, 1 NW@ 09.54 , 1 NW @ 10.18. , 1 SE@10.34 .

BLACK T DIVER - 2 SE@ 10.31, GREAT N DIVER - 1SE @ 09.55 .

65 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 50+ MANX SHEARWATER - NW @10.15 (120 

91 KITTIWAKE, 2 SHAG , 11 COMMON SCOTER -SE , 1 GREAT C GREBE - on sea , 3 GUILLEMOT- on sea , 42 RAZORBILL - on sea , 

28 RAZORMOT -SE /NW .

On the rocks 5 OYSTERCATCHER 

 11.20-12.20 South Huish Marsh - 24 WIGEON, 34 TEAL, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 5 COOT , 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 CURLEW , 1 WATER PIPIT, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL , 3 SAND MARTIN - 11.45 (121) 

GULLS - 150 HERRING , 30 LESSER B B , 8 GREAT B B , 20 BLACK HEADED.

MON 16 MAR 

The first sunny and calm morning with only a light breeze and flat sea.

First Seawatch from Bob's car park this year - 08.35- -9.50 

47GANNET , 2 FULMAR. 12 KITTIWAKE, 40 HERRING GULL -on sea ,

sile flock of 15BLACK HEADED  GULL in off , 24 RAZORBILL- on sea , 

1 GUILLEMOT, 1 RED T DIVER -on sea ,2 COMMON SCOTER -SE 

On South Huish Marsh water level dropping slowly , 45 TEAL, 

23 WIGEON , 1 SHELDUCK, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 STONECHAT , 3 SKYLARK, 5 MIPIT ,

Fewer GULLS today - 5LESSER B B GULL , 50 HERRING GULL , 

30 BLACK HEADED GULL , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Alan Pomroy visited South Milton Ley and ringed14 birds -

all the wintering Cliffs & Crests have moved on - 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 6 CHIFFY, 1 REED BUNTING, also on site - 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 CIRL BUNTING, 3 WATER RAIL a BARN OWL on the reserve 

 

SAT 14 SUN 15 MAR .

SUN - HEAVY RAIN AM short visit to the Marsh 15.10- 30 TEAL , 

18 WIGEON , 1 SHELDUCK, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,100 + L B B GULL, 60 HERRING GULL, 25 BLACK H GULL, 6 MOORHEN 3 COOT .

 

SAT - Cloudy afternoon with light drizzle - 30 TEAL. 20 WIGEON, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 650 HERRING GULL, 25 L B B GULL, 

20 BLACK H GULL , 

 

 

 

FRI 13 MAR 

A morning of sunny periods , F4/5 W wind . 
Seawatch from 08.40- 10.15 - 36 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 72 KITTIWAKE, 2 RED T DIVER -1 SE , 1 ON SEA , 4 SHAG , 

4 RAZORBILL-ON SEA , 8 RAZORMOT-SE , 2 RAVEN , on the rocks -

10 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh ( Lake ) - 30 TEAL , only 15WIGEON ,

1 SHELDUCK, 2 HERON , 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, amongst 50

BLACK H GULL 1 1w MED GULL .

In my garden at 13.30 a feeding GREEN WOODY 
 

THURS 12 MAR 

A morning of dummy periods with heavy showers , W F8 wind .

The outflow pipe is blocked again as a result of the spring tides, the water level is again above the 5 bar gates - large digger working on the beach.

Seawatch 09.00-10.40 - very rough seas - 152 GANNET , 

35 KITTIWAKE, 16 GREAT B B GULL , 8 CORMORANT, 5SHAG 

On the rocks 2 OYSTERCATCHER .

10.40-12.00 South Huish Marsh - 52 WIGEON , only 14 TEAL, 

1 SHELDUCK, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

Gull count - 90 LESSER B B , 60 HERRING, only 15 BLACK HEADED .

WED 11 MAR

Cloudy early with sunny periods by 10.30 . SW F5/6 wind .

Nice to be joined by Bob this morning .Seawatch from 09.00- 10.45 

30 GANNET , 5 FULMAR, 3 KITTIWAKE, 1 COMMON GULL, 

60 BLACK H GULL -SE ,1AD MED GULL -SE, 1 F COMMON SCOTER-NW

Single GUILLEMOT & RAZORBILL- on sea .1 BLACK T DIVER -SE , 1 RED T DIVER -on sea 

On rocks 9 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh -50TEAL , 35 WIGEON , 5 SNIPE ., 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, . Richie made a brief visit at 16.50 reporting -

1 PEREGRINE, 2 CURLEW 

Information received about the ringed MED GULL - it is part of the Belgian ringing scheme - no other details provided 

16.30-17.30 James at Hope reports - 1GANNET, 1 FULMAR , 

c200 KITTIWAKE, 2 RED T DIVER , 2 RAZORBILL-ON SEA 

 

TUES 10 MAR 

Spent from 08.25 - 12.30 overlooking South Huish Marsh - no sign of yesterday's mega bird -in very low cloud/ misty conditions with a F5 WSW wind logged - 50 WIGEON , 40 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 10 OYSTERCATCHER. Today's Gull counts -

130 LESSER B B , 10 GREAT B B , 50 BLACK HEADED, 30 HERRING , 

7 MED GULL ( 4ad , 2 1w, 1 2W ) one adult showing a white David ring on right leg - 3 KT1 ,will post details when more info received.

No Seawatch today because of poor offshore visability.

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 

MON 9 MAR

Rest of this mornings log - 

On South Huish Marsh -45 WIGEON , 40 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK, 2 GADWALL , 2 LITTLE EGRET, 3 OYSTERCATCHER.

Seawatch from 09.00- 11.15 - 55 GANNET , 3 FULMAR , 2 KITTIWAKE, 1 2W MEDGULL - SE , 4 SHAG , 2 RED T DIVER -SE 

1 GREAT N DIVER -SE , 3 RAZORMOT-SE , 7 RAZORBILL & 1 GUILLEMOT - ON SEA .

SUN 8 MAR

Having dipped yesterday went back to Sandy Cove at Newlyn this morning , after 10 mins of scanning the sea managed to find the winter plumage BLACK GUILLEMOT- record shot below .Stopped off at Trevor Head on the way home - 100 SKYLARK , 150 LINNET , 25 CHAFFINCH and brief views of a male SNOW BUNTING - unfortunately the only target bird we missed was a Lapland Bunting .

SAT 7 MAR 

Spending the w/end in Cornwall-before we left a GREEN WOODY in the garden and along the lanes a M YELLOWHAMMER.

Arrived at Hayle EST @12.00 - low water so few waders - the AD 

RING BILLED GULL showed well until a raptor flew over resulting 

in everything flying off . A flock of 20 BAR TAILED GODWIT were nice . Most interesting was Drake TEAL with a blue nasal strap with 

80 showing - see photo 

At Newlyn Harbour a nice ICELAND GULL , 2 EIDER , 40 TURNSTONE .Final stop Drift Res where’re the LONG TAILED DUCK showed briefly along with 2 GREAT C GREBE & 2 LITTLE GREBE 

More photos on 2020 photos page 

FRI 6 MAR 

Sunny start with showers from 10.30 , NW F 5/6 wind .

Short visit this morning - Seawatch from -8.50-09.50 -

7 GANNET - NW , 1 FULMAR -NW , 6 KITTIWAKE, 1 M COMMON SCOTER -NW, 1. GREAT C GREBE - on sea , 9 RAZORMOT-SE , 

9 RAZORBILL & 1 GUILLEMOT - on sea .

On the rocks 4 OYSTERCATCHER & 1 RINGED PLOVER .

On South Huish Marsh - 55 WIGEON , only 5 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 CURLEW .

At 11.30 in my garden 2 GREENFINCH ( not seen many of these this year ) , a SPRAWK flew over 

THURS 5 MAR 

Yet another wet morning - heavy o/night rain continued until 11.00, 

feeling cold in a brisk F4/5 NE wind .

Disappointing Seawatch from 09.20- 10.40 - Just 2 GANNET -NW ., 

3 KITTIWAKE ( 1 1w - all recent records have been adults ) , 

1 RED T DIVER - NW @ 09.55 , 8 RAZORMOT-NW with 11 RAZORBILL ON SEA . 12 OYSTERCATCHER on rocks .

On South Huish Marsh - only 30 WIGEON , 25 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT. At least 15 MIPIT feeding at the front of the marsh - at least some evidence of passage 

WED 4 MAR 

Another morning of heavy rain with poor offshore viz .

Seawatch from 09.20-10.50 - poor log - 2 GANNET , 1 FULMAR -SE , 

7 KITTIWAKE-SE , 3 LESSER B B GULL -in off , 3 SHAG, 

21 RAZORBILL-on sea , 1RED T DIVER -on sea . On the rocks -

14 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh - 35 WIGEON, 20 TEAL , 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 

2 LITTLE EGRET, 85 BLACK H GULL ( no MEDS ). 
At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 1 TREE CREEPER , 3 FIRECREST, 

6 CHIFFY , GOLDCREST , 2 REED BUNTING 
 

TUES 3 MAR 

A sunny morning with a F3/4 NW wind , good viz .

Seawatch from 09.20-10.40 disappointing- only 5GANNET , 1 FULMAR-SE , 3 KITTIWAKE, 4 SHAG , 3 RAZORMOT-SE , 

7 RAZORBILL-on sea . 2 RED T DIVER - both flew in from west and landed in the bay - 09.40 & 10.25 

On South Huish Marsh - water level continues to fall - 

90 WIGEON , 25 TEAL, 5 SHELDUCK , 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 SNIPE, 

4 RINGED PLOVER , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 COOT, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON. At 11.30 a M MERLIN flew down the valley over the Marsh and off to the north ( 2nd sighting in the last week ) 

MON 2 MAR 

A sunny start then clouded over with a shower, wind NW F4 increasing F6/7 later.

Seawatch from 09.20- 10.40 - 9 GANNET -NW , 1 FULMAR -SE , 3 KITTIWAKE- SE , 4 SHAG , 2 F COMMON SCOTER- ON SEA , 

4 RAZORMOT, 1 RAZORBILL - ON SEA , 1 BLACK T DIVER -ON SEA @09.45 .

On the rocks - 9 TURNSTONE, 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RAVEN .

On South Huish Marsh ( Lake ) - water lever falling slowly -

90 WIGEON, 25 TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

2 LITTLE EGRET.

Short visit to SOUTH MILTON LEY - 15 CHIFFY, 1M 2 F REED BUNTING, 1 FIRECREST, 2 GOLDCREST, 2 CETTIS WARBLER, 

WATER RAIL , 15 PIED WAGTAIL

SUN 1 MAR 

Ready for an early start with a garden watch at 07.40- heavy hail storm ☔️ until 08.20 - only managed 16 species but did have a 

M CIRL BUNTING , 1 YERON .

Rest of the morning sunny periods with a F6 W wind .

A 30 min seawatch from -9.20 was poor only - 20 GANNET , 2 SHAG

1 KITTIWAKE, 6 RAZORMOT .

On South Huish Marsh/Lake - 85WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 3 COOT, 

45 L B B GULL, 5 GREAT B B GULL, 4 RINGED PLOVER, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 STONECHAT, 8 MIPIT , 5 ROCK PIPIT, 

1 SKYLARK - N 

11.30- 12.45 West Buckland Valley - 3 SKYLARK, 8 GOLDFINCH, 

4 CHAFFINCH , 2 BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 1 SPRAWK , 1 GOLDCREST, 

1 FIRECREST, 1 SONG THRUSH , 1 HERON , 

15.00 _- Short visit to the Tidal Road - 5 GREENSHANK, 4 REDSHANK, CURLEW, 2 SHELDUCK, 1 LITTLE EGRET, NUTHATCH , COAL TIT, MISTLE THRUSH, GREAT SP WOODY 

 

61Species recorded.

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 

SPOT FLY , LITTLE EGRET,  SHELDUCK 

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 

BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL& SPOT FLY 

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 

WHEATEAR, AVOCET , RUFF - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 1/2 APRIL 

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