Thurlestone Bay is a bird rich area of the South Hams (part of Devon).
Having lost Thurlestone Marsh.earlier this year when it was drained agreed with Eric Wotton to redraw the patch boundry to include the Avon Estuary which will incorporate the very impressive South Efford Marsh.
The 2016 year list will be amended to include species recorded there which had not been seen on the old patch
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FRI 22 & SAT 23 JUNE
Spell of very fine sunny weather continues .
Along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford a COMMON SANDPIPER , 10
BLACK H GULL , 10 LITTLE EGRET , 8 SHELDUCK ( 5 day old chicks )
today on South Efford Marsh Eric reports the SPOONBILL still , 1 RED L PARTRIDGE with 5 chicks . A BARN OWL reported over North Marsh .
On Fri Alan ringed 33 new birds at South Milton Ley inc-
4 REED WARBLER , 6 SEDGE WARBLER , 3 BLACKCAP , 3 GREENFINCH , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 YELLOWHAMMER .
This morning an hours watch over my garden from 08.30 produced
27 species inc - SEDGE & REED WARBLER , SWIFT , HOUSE MARTIN
SWALLOW , SPARROWHAWK, 2 GREAT SP WOODY .
Awalk Along the coast path this morning found 27 OYSTERCATCHER
on the rocks
THURS 21 JUNE
The miserable weather of the last few days had moved through leaving a clear sunny morning with a F4/5 NNW wind .
Another quiet morning - the big surprise being the GREYLAG GOOSE sat on the rocks until it had to move due to rising tide and kayaks.
This is the first June patch record - most of the records are birds of questionable parentage amongst the autumn flocks of Canada’s .
The nearest resident birds are those at Exminster Marshes .
Only other sighting worth mentioning was 3 flocks of SWIFT - 15, 8, & 6 which flew high NW - they were well offshore .One of the largest day totals of the year .
GREYLAG GOOSE ON THE ROCKS THIS MORNING
TUES 19 JUNE
Another morning with low cloud/mist and constant drizzle , decided to spend 2.5 hours walking through the West Buckland Valley -
a total of 30 species recorded- lots of juvenile birds around
Main totals - 13 BLACKBIRD , 2 SONG THRUSH , 1 BULLFINCH ,
1 GREENFINCH , 11 GOLDFINCH , 9 CHAFFINCH , 2 LINNET , 1 SPOT FLY , 7 GREAT TIT , 16 BLUE TIT , 6 LONG T TIT , 2 GOLDCREST , 5 BLACKCAP , 6 CHIFFY ,1 SWIFT , 6 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SWALLOW ,
1 JAY , 2 GREAT SP WOODY , 2 BUZZARD
Eric had a KINGFISHER Along the River Avon .
MON 18 JUNE
A morning of alternate cloud and short sunny periods, WSWF4 wind
1016mb . Joined by Graham today .
Offshore - 10 GANNET, 1 MANX S’WATER , 30 CORMORANT , 1SHAG
1AD MED GULL .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 DUNLIN , 1 2S YELLOW L GULL , 15 HOUSE MARTIN ,4 SWALLOW , 3 BUZZARD , at 11.45 a CUCKOO flew over .
SUN 17 JUNE
A very poor day as a result of almost constant drizzle, low cloud with poor offshore visibility, WF5 wind
offshore - 2 GANNET , 5 MANX S’WATER ,. On South Huish Marsh only MALLARD and a LITTLE EGRET
On Friday morning the pair of TEAL were back on the marsh
After overnight rain a cloudy start with some sunny periods. A WNW windF6 1014mb
All activity offshore- in 2.5 hours sightings in the Bay were -
66 GANNET (12 juv ), 4 FULMAR , 3 KITTIWAKE, 1ad MED GULL , 1 1st s COMMON GULL , 68 MANX SHEARWATER , ! BALEARIC SHEARWATER _E@11.00, 7 AUKS - E , 1 PUFFIN -E @10.50 ,
4 COMMON SCOTER -E , on the rocks 10 OYSTERCATCHER.
Around the footpath - 1m REED BUNTING , 2 WHITE THROAT , 1 SONG THRUSH , 1 SWIFT , 4 SWALLOW , 15 HOUSE MARTIN
WED 13 JUNE
A cloudy morning with a light SW breeze , 1019mb
With nothing of note on the Marsh more time spent watching the Bay with some success . 6 COMMON SCOTER , 12 GANNET ( inc the first 3 juv this year ) , 16 MANX SHEARWATER- E , 1 KITTIWAKE -E ,
1 SANDWICH TERN , SINGLES OF GUILLEMOT & RAZORBILL +
3 AUKS .
Along the footpath - 4 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT , 3 WHITETHROAT ,
1 JUV STONECHAT. 1 KESTREL .
On the rocks aHERON , 2 LITTLE EGRET
TUES 12 JUNE
A warm morning with 60% cloud , little wind .
Decided to spend the morning walking through West Buckland valley , 31 species recorded most of which were probably breeding .
Highlights - 4 CHIFFY , 4 M BLACKCAP , 14 BLACKBIRD , 3 SONG THRUSH , 2 MISTLE THRUSH , 2 JAY , 8 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT , 1 F BULLFINCH , 5 CHAFFINCH , 1 SKYLARK , 1 NUTHATCH , 4 LONG T TIT , 1 SPOT FLY ( different site to last weeks sighting ) 1 LITTLE EGRET ( over )
Photo of this weeks SPOT FLY
Eric & Dave had 2 DUNLIN on South Huis Marsh
MON 11 JUNE
After a w/end away visiting family back on the patch with Graham this morning , again still very quiet .
An overcast morning with some warm sunny spells - ENElight wind
Ofshore only 3GANNET . , 2 FULMAR .
Along the path to South Huish Marsh - 3 WHITETHROAT , 1 KESTREL, 3 REED WARBLER & A M STONECHAT by the footbridge .
On the Marsh 1 BLACK H GULL , 40 MALLARD ( + 18 well grown ducklings _ best breeding for a few years ) 2SEDGE & 1 REED WARBLER , 5 SKYLARK , 4 SWIFT , 4 SWALLOW , 15+ HOUSE MARTIN . At least 11 active HOUSE MARTIN nests .
In Aveton Gifford 1 SPOT FLY
THURS 7 JUNE & FRI 8 JUNE
FRI - Cloudy morning E wind F4 1016mb
on South Huish Marsh the pair of TEAL joined by 2 more Males .
2 SWIFT , WHITETHROAT , HOUSE MARTIN .
ON the beach 2DUNLIN & 7 SANDERLING , 2AD HERON flew in .
At South Milton Ley only a few warblers singing - GARDEN , BLACKCAP , CHIFFY , REED & SEDGE also BULLFINCH &GOLDCREST
THURS - Cloudy morning with Showers , ENE 3/4 WIND 1017mb .
On South Huish Marsh the pair of TEAL , 1 DUNLIN
At Aveton Gifford the SPOONBILL , 1M TEAL , 3 BLACK H GULL , 2 CHIFFY , 4 SONG THRUSH
WED 6 JUNE
A cloudy start to the day with rain cleared through by 09.00 then sunny , ENE F4 wind 1016mb.
Started with a Garden Watch for 30 min from 07.30 - 25 species inc a juv HERON , 4 SWALLOW , 1 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SWIFT
Late news for Fri 1 June - on Leasfoot Beach - At -8.30
4 WHIMBREL , 12 SANDERLING .
Walked round to Yarner Beach - 2SKYLARK ,10 LINNET , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 SWIFT - N , 4 ROCK PIPIT , 2 MIPIT , 10 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL, . OFFSHORE - 2 COMMON SCOTER ,
2 FULMER , 8 GANNET . At 09.35 picked up a wader flying in off the sea , very surprised to find it was a LAPWING ( this is my first June record )
Walked through West Buckland Valley -10.50- 12.45 , 27 species recorded inc - 10 BLACKBIRD , 1 SONG THRUSH , 4 CHAFFINCH , 1 BULLFINCH , 6 CHIFFY , 5 BLACKCAP , 6 ROBIN , 2 JAY , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 2 COAL TIT , 1 SPOTTED FLY , 4 BUZZARD , 4 SWALLOW , 8 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SWIFT 2 MOORHEN .
At Aveton Gifford - Eric reports , SPOONBILL , PEREGRINE,
Alan ringing at South Milton Ley At 05.30 had a CUCKOO ( 176) .,
ringed 21 new birds inc -1 BLACKCAP , 8 REED WARBLER , 2 SEDGE WARBLER. 16 RETRAPS INC -10 REED WARBLER ,2 SEDGE WARBLER .
First juv REED WARBLER ON SITE .
Report from Aveton Gifford at 16.00 of 9 RED KITE FLYING OVER - A NEW PATCH RECORD
RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK & SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6 JUNE
TUES 5 JUNE
A cloudy morning with a brisk ENE wind .
On South Huish Marsh the pair of TEAL still present , also 2 shelduck ,55 MALLARD , 3 DUNLIN were new in , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SWIFT
Offshore 9 GANNET , 1FULMAR
TEAL & WHITETHROAT 4 JUNE
MON 4 JUNE
A sunny morning with a F3/4 ENE wind . Joined by Graham this morning .
A report received of 4 WHIMBREL on Yarner beach , also around the sewage works a TAWNY OWL & RED L PARTRIDGE .
On South Huish Marsh - a pair of TEAL , 1 SHELDUCK , 30 MALLARD , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 COOT , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 1REED WARBLBER .
Offshore - 5 GANNET , 5 FULMAR , 1 KITTIWAKE , 1 SANDWICH TERN , 5 MANX S’WATER -W , 5 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ) 2 SWIFT
Around Aveton Gifford - KESTREL , DIPPER , SPOT FLY .
On 27 May James K had a Bonxie -E & on 2 June he had 157
MANX S’WATER in 30 min from 20.00
late news from James At Hope Cove - this evening a sp GREAT N DIVER & 7 COMMON SCOTER - ON SEA , 23 MANX S’WATER
SUN 3 JUNE
A cloudy morning with a brisk E wind . The slow start to June
Yesterday Alan ringed 2 GREENFINCH , 12 REED WARBLER , 5 SEDGE WARBLER . 2 WHITETHROAT & GARDEN WARBLER on site .
On South Huish Marsh - 25 MALLARD , 1M REED BUNTING ,
1REED WARBLER , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWIFT , 2 RAVEN.
Along the coast path 3 WHITETHROAT , 1M STONECHAT
Offshore - 2 GANNET , 2 MANX S’WATER .
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports the SPOONBILL still , 14 SHELDUCK & 9 ducklings
FRI 1 JUNE
A cloudy early morning with fog rolling in from 08.15 .
A 40min Garden Watch from 07.00 only produced 21 species inc-
15 SWIFT, 4 SWALLOW , REED & SEDGE WARBLER.
A walk round the coast path to Yarner Beach found 2 WHITETHROAT, , 2 STONECHAT , MEADOW & ROCK PIPIT ,
1 RINGED PLOVER ( calling )
At South Huish Marsh difficult viewing conditions due to the fog -
1 LITTLE EGRET , SONG THRUSH , BLACKCAP, CHIFFY , 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 6 SWALLOW .
A short visit to the the Tidal Road At Aveton Gifford found -
7 BLACK H GULL , HERON , 7 LITTLE EGRET , MUTE SWAN , 2 GREY WAGTAIL , GREAT SP WOODY , COAL TIT , JUV WILLOW WARBLER , CHIFFY , NUTHATCH , MISTLE & SONG THRUSH, 7 SHELDUCK
In the Lanes a m YELLOWHAMMER
53 species recorded
RECORD SHOTS OF GREY L GOOSE ,
RED C POCHARD -F , REDSTART- F
SANDERLING - 4 MAY
WHIMBREL & BAR T GODWIT 3 MAY
PHOTOS OF THE PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER AND
DUNLIN At South Huish Marsh / rocks 1 May 2018
BAR T GODWIT , 2 POOR RECORD SHOTS OF THE CURLEW SANDPIPER - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 APRIL
Some alterations to the format of the pages , the historical page will now provide access to the older trip reports and previous years records .
will be revamping the Photos page over the next few weeks
2 photos of the BLACK SWAN , also a HERON fishing
Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April
RED N GREBE , SCAUP AT BEESANDS LEY 7 MARCH
GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR
PHOTOS 4 MAR South Huish Marsh -GARGANEY , SANDWICH TERN & MED GULL , RUFF , KNOT
TURNSTONE on the rocks and mix of CATTLE & LIITLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh 24 FEB 2018
FRI 23 FEB
A cloudy morning with a cold ENE F3/4 wind .
On South Huish Marsh 80 WIGEON , only 10 TEAL , 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 LAPWING , in the cattle field 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET, 3 more LITTLE on the Marsh .At 11.00 amongst 150 BLACK H GULL were 4 AD, 1 2W , 1 1W MED GULL
On the rocks 12 TURNSTONE . Offshore 25 GANNET -E , 10 BLACK H GULL in off also an AD MED GULL
On Thurlestone Marsh at 11.30 single CATTLE & LITTLE EGRET , at 17.30 there were 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET .
Becoming difficult to decide just how many CATTLE EGRETS there are on the patch . One interesting point the LITTLE EGRETS are now feeding with the CATTLE EGRETS at the feet of the cattle
PHOTOS 23 FEB - CATTLE AND LITTIE EGRET ON THURLESTONE MARSH , WIGEON AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH ALSO AN AD MED GULL
PHOTOS OF THE MALE RING NECKED DUCK AT BEESANDS LEY 21 JAN
Thurs 18 Jan - THURLESTONE MARSH 08.00
LOOK WHAT WAS OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW AT 08.00
A nice year garden tick , on the scrape behind my garden at 11.15
30 DEC , also 2 HERON &8MALLARD
A FITTING FESTIVE BIRD - A PARTRIDGE IN A -------
THESE WERE IN A FIELD AT HUXTON CROSS THIS MORNING
Photos of the AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON AT South Huish Marsh 14 DEC
Photos of -BLUE ROCK THRUSH , SPANISH SPARROW , LAUGHING DOVE , FERRUGINOUS DUCK , MARSH HARRIER , HOODED CROW , BLACK NECKED GREBE
LAPWING BEEN ON HIS OWN SINCE EARLY NOV AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 27 NOV
RECORD SHOTS OF SANDERLING on the rocks 21 NOV 2017
CATTLE EGRET AND WHEATEAR around South Huish Marsh Oct 2017
CURLEW SANDPIPER, BAR TAILED GODWIT, LITTLE STINT All on South Huish Marsh 26 Sept 2017
Photos taken 18 Sept 2017 at South Efford Marsh of
BAR T GODWIT, REDSHANK, GREENSHANK , CATTLE EGRET
Photos from my new P900 camera - GREY PHALAROPE at South Milton Sands and on South Huish Marsh on 12 Sept 2017
Record shots of BLACK SWAN ( lots of glare ) and LITTLE EGRET Avon Estuary 18 Aug 2017
Photo of PEC SANDPIPER taken by Alan Doidge Sept 2016
Some more of the fab photos from Alan Doidge of the bird of the year for Thurlestone- they are superb
A nice record shot from James K of a BRAMBLING at Huxton Cross on 24 January 2017
2 more photos from Alan D of a WHITE FRONTED GOOSE and a 1w
ICELAND GULL taken at the end of Feb at South Huish Marsh
2 more photos of the GLAUCOUS GULL taken by Alan D at South Huish Marsh 3 APRIL 2017
Photos of the SPOONBILL and CATTLE EGRET from James K and SPOONBILL by Steve Hopper at South Huish Marsh on 5 April
2 photos of CATTLE EGRETS at South Efford Marsh 13 July 2017
taken by Alan Doidge
Record shot of the GARGANEY on South Huish Marsh on 16 March
by Alan Doidge
A nice close up of the bill of the WHITE FRONTED GOOSE at South Huish Marsh taken by James K
Whist waiting for auditions for the remake of Last of the Summer Wine our photographic agent Steph Murphy took this publicity shot at Broadsands this morning of Eric Tony and myself
Photos of the DESERT WHEATEAR 13 Nov 2016 from Alan Doidge
YELLOW BROWED WARBLER at South Milton Ley 19 Oct
PURPLE HERON - Some more photos from Alan Doidge
PURPLE HERONS at South Huish Marsh
2 photos from Alan Doidge taken 24 April 2016
Some stunning photos of SQUACCO HERON by Alan Doidge
Consensus of opinion is there is at least 2 birds in the South Hams area . Confirmed by simultaneous sights last night of birds at Beesands Ley and at Prawle Point . Still one bird on the Scillies. Until comparison of photos can be made the jury will have to be out on whether the South Milton bird on Wed was another one !