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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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 

Have posted an Annual Review for 2016 which can be accessed by clicking the link or via the appropriate heading in the Menu above

Photos taken at South Huish Marsh /Sands and Aveton Gifford tidal road , September 2017 - on the photos page 

 

Some more images from our recent Cyprus trip added to the photos page , also from our visit to Albafura Marsh Mallorca in Oct 2017 , includes MARBLED TEAL - after the local ones 

FRI 15 DEC 

A fine sunny morning with a cold NNW F4/5 WIND .

On South Huish Marsh the hybrid AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON still amongst the WIGEON flock of 50+ . Joined this morning by Alan , James & Julia , Eric , Terry . Paul B had visited earlier . Although a sunny morning views not as good as yesterday due to the glare .

Also - 30 TEAL, 1 LITTLE GREBE , 11 BLACK T GODWIT , 10 SNIPE , 1 CATTLE EGRET , 1 CHIFFY , 1 GOLDCREST , 2 SONG THRUSH AND A REDWING . Earlier a KINGFISHER reported .

in the last week both BARN &TAWNY OWL have been seen by the Marsh and private gardens .

A local resident ( near South Milton Ley ) reported in their garden both a pair of GREY &a RED L PARTRIDGE THIS WEEK . 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 6 GREENSHANK , 4 REDSHANK ,6 COMMON SANDPIPER , 90+ TEAL , PEREGRINE, 1 WATER PIPIT , 

NUTHATCH .

After the recent days of rain there is a small scape just outside my garden - at 08.00 were 10MALLARD , 2 TEAL , 2 STONECHAT , 2 SONG THRUSH .This afternoon a F BLACK REDSTART ON THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE 

Photos of the AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON AT South Huish Marsh 14 DEC 

THURS 14 DEC

AFTER A STORMY NIGHT HEAVY SHOWERS OF RAIN / HAIL.

Only time for a short visit to South Huish Marsh -

Amongst a flock of 60 WIGEON was a very interesting duck showing signs of a 1w AMERICAN WIGEON , took some photos ( in very poor light with the duck c200yds away ) Discussions with a number o f birders in the evening -consensus of opinion is a hybrid AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON - MALE AMERICAN MOST LIKELY PAIRING WITH A FEMALE WIGEON .THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED WITH THE ID .

ALSO 30 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK ( first returning birds ) 10 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 CATTLE EGRET, SNIPE , LAPWING .

Record shots of the 4 CATTLE EGRET AT South Huish Marsh 13 Dec 

WED 13 DEC 

A CLOUDY MORNING WITH SHOWERS FOLLOWED BY HEAVY RAIN FROM 10.45 , A STRONG F6/7W WIND 

A feeding flock of GANNET TOTALED 60 in the Bay .

on South Huish Marsh back to 11 BLACK TAIED GODWIT OTHERWISE SAME AS YESTERDAY APART FROM CATTLE EGRET , TODAY 4 WITH 2 LITTLE EGRET IN THE COPSE FIELD AT 10.15-10.30 

 

ERIC ANDI DROVE ALONG THE TIDAL ROAD - 4 REDSHANK ,

1 GREENSHANK , 3 COMMON SANDPIPER , 2 CURLEW. 

AT HATCH BRIGE A DIPPER - This is a patch tick for me no. 251 

 

Back home feeding on the feeders - 2 REED BUNTING ,

4 CHAFFINCH , 2 GREENFINCH , 6 BLUE TIT , 2 GREAT TIT , ROBIN , DUNNOCK 

TUES 12 DEC 

AFTER a cold night with a frost gradually improved, only a light breeze .

Garden Watch 08.00- 08.50 27 species - 2 GOLDCREST , 5 LONG T TIT , 6 SONG THRUSH , 9 BLACKBIRD , 5 SKYLARK , 40 GOLDFINCH , 11 CHAFFINCH , 2 CHIFFY , 1 GREEN WOODY 

 

A45 min seawatching from 09.30 - 45 GANNET , 1 RED T DIVER (E @ 0935 ) GREAT N DIVER ( 1W @ 09.35 , James K 1 E @ 10.45 ) 

13 AUKS -E , On the rocks 2 TURNSTONE .James also had 2 COMMON SCOTER -W @08.30 , also on 8 DEC he had the first returning FULMAR

 

ON South Huish Marsh - 55 WIGEON , 20 TEAL , 1 DUNLIN , 10 BLACK T GODWIT , 14 SNIPE , 4 LITTLE EGRET , 2 CATTLE EGRET , 1 FIRECREST , 2 CHIFFY , 2 SONG. THRUSH , 1 REDWING 

On Yarmer Beach Nick had 2 TURNSTONE , 5 RINGED PLOVER ,.

 

At Huxton Cross some evidence of cold weather movement - 

100+REDWING , 75 FIELDFARE , 60 STARLING , 20 CHAFFINCH , 10 LINNET , 1 SKYLARK , 1M CIRL BUNTING , 1M YELLOWHAMMER .

NEARBY Eric had a flock of 45 LAPWING , AND A FIRECREST IN HIS GARDEN 

 

BRENT GOOSE - DB ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 11 DEC 

MON 11DEC

Acold cloudy morning with a bitter F5 N wind . One of the coldest mornings watching this year .Joined by Graham this morning .

offshore - 50 + GANNET , 2 GREAT N DIVER (1w @ 09.20 , 1 e @ 11.00 ) 27 AUKS -1 GUILLEMOT , 26 WIGEON ( on sea ) , 2 MED GULL , 1 KITTIWAKE , .

On the rocks - 18 TURNSTONE , 23 OYSTERC ATCHER , 1 DUNLIN .

On South Huish Marsh - 13 C ANADA GOOSE , 1DB BRENT GOOSE , 50 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 11BLACK T GODWIT ,2 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING, 3 LITTLE EGRET 

 

At South Efford Marsh Reic reports - 120 WIGEON , 90 TEAL , 

16 CURLEW , 4 GREENSHANK , 3 REDSHANK , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 100+ MIPIT , 3 WATER PIPIT , 9 BULLFINCH ., 

1 MISTLE THRUSH 

 

FRI 8 DEC 

AN EARLY MORNING GARDEN WATCH FOR AN HOUR FROM 07.45 , CLEAR BUT COLD WITH A BRISK NNW WIND 31 SPECIES RECORDED INC - 1F BLACK REDSTART , 1M REED BUNTING , GOLDCREST , 2 FIELDFARE , 1 MISTLE THRUSH , 1 SONG THRUSH , 2 GREAT SP WOODY, 1 SPARROWHAWK .

ON THURS DAVE P HAD A YELLOW B WARBLER AT SOUTH MILTON LEY , ALSO ON FRI 2 WATER R AIL AT THE FEEDING STATION 

THURS 7 DEC 

AFTER A STORMY AND WET NIGHT THE MORNING ENDED WITH SOME SUNNY PERIODS ALTHOUGH A F6 NW WIND AND ROUGH SEAS 

 

At South Huish Marsh - the juv SPOONBILL, 1 CATTLE EGRET , 3 LITTLE EGRET, A M TUFTED DUCK WAS ONLY THE 3RD RECORD THIS YEAR , 55 WIGEON , 35 TEAL , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 11 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 DUNLIN , 1 LAPWING , 18 SNIPE , Amongst the flock of GULLS - 4COMMON GULL , 2 MED GULL 

At Huxton Cross -75+ FIELDFARE, 5 REDWING , 35 STARLING 

ERIC HAD 2 FIRECREST IN HIS garden 

1-6 DEC 

Whilst I was away in Cyprus reports received were -

 

CATTLE EGRET AT BOTH South Milton Ley and South Huish Marsh.

on 5DEC A BITTERN (203) seen flying over North Marsh to land in reeds ( first record for a few years ) 

on the same day Alan Ringed 29 new birds at South Milton Ley inc-

12 CHIFFY , 1 SIB CHIFFY , 1 FIRECREST , 5 GOLDCREST, 1 SONG THRUSH, Also a U.K. control GOLDCREST and 2 retrap CETTIS WARBLER .

ON 6DEC DAVE P reported the juv SPOONBILL ON S H MARSH 

 

 

CYPRUS UPDATE 2 TUES 4 DEC 

LOOKS LIKELY  THE TRIP TOTAL WILL  BE 78 -ADDED LITTLE OWL , LONG LEGGED BUZZARD , WHIMBREL , GOLDEN PLOVER, PEREGRINE .WHITE FRONTED GOOSE .

Couple of photos - SPUR WINGED PLOVER AT PAPHOS SEWAGE WORKS LATE TUES AND A MALE BLACK REDSTART THIS MORNING ALONG THE COAST PATH 

SUN 3 DEC - CYPRUS UPDATE 

Trip list up to 72 species - highlights - BLACK REDSTART, BLUE ROCK THRUSH, 30 CHUKER , WOODLARK , LOTS OF CRESTED AND SKYLARKS , BLACK FRANCOLIN , 5 RED THROATED PIPIT , AT PAPHOS SEWAGE WORKS 20 SPUR WINGED PLOVER 

 

ON Sat made the long trip up to the Larnaca region - about 200 miles , best days birding by far - 

on Oroklini Marsh - 50 FLAMINGO, 150 SHOVELER , 5 PINTAIL ,

2 SPUR WINGED PLOVER , 1 REDSHANK , 1M MARSH HARRIER , 

NEXT SITE - LARNACA SEWAGE POOLS -  1 DRIED OUT , THE OTHER FULL OF BIRDS - 1000 SHOVELER , 20 FERRUGINOUS DUCK ,

6 POCHARD , 2 WIGEON , 2M GADWALL , 2F PINTAIL , 10 TEAL ,

22 BLACK NECKED GREBE , 20 LITTLE GREBE , 25 LAPWING ,

1 CURLEW , 150 BLACK H GULL , 10 YELLOW L GULL 3 ARMENIAN GULL , 1F MARSH HARRIER .ON THE TELEGRAPH WIRE A LAUGHING DOVE , -

THEN ONTO THE LARNACA AIRPORT POOLS - 60 FLAMINGO , 70 SHELLDUCK , 100+ DUNLIN , 20 KENTISH PLOVER , 5 RINGED PLOVER , 5 REDSHANK , 50+ LITTLE STINT .

ON THE WAY BACK STOPPED OFF AT ZAKAKI MARSH - CAN NO LONGER SEE ANY OF THE LAKE DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF THE REEDS , 

1 EACH OF LITTLE AND CATTLE EGRET , 1SPARROWHAWK .

THIS MORNING A SHORT WALK OVER SCRUBLAND TO THE BRIDGE OVER A SMALL STREAM WITH DENSE REEDS - 2 LITTLE CRAKE ,

2 FAN T WARBLER , A BLACKBIRD , 2 TURNSTONE .

A FEW PHOTOS TAKEN WITH THE P900 POSTED BELOW 

Photos of -BLUE ROCK THRUSH , SPANISH SPARROW , LAUGHING DOVE , FERRUGINOUS DUCK , MARSH HARRIER , HOODED CROW , BLACK NECKED GREBE 

TUES 28 NOV 

A sunny but cold morning with a brisk NW breeze , joined by Graham today

Offshore 40GANNET, 30 AUKS - E , 8 COMMON SCOTER AND

3 WIGEON-E

ON South Huish Marsh - 9 BLACK T GODWIT , 16 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING , 30 WIGEON , 30 TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE , 1 WATER PIPIT , 3 LITTLE EGRET 

ON THE ROCKS 7 RINGED PLOVER , 2 TURNSTONE .

PHOTO BELOW OF A GREAT SP WOODY ON A FENCE POST BY THE MARSH 

ERIC HAD A FLOCK OF 15 BULLFINCH  IN HIS VILLAGE .

Next update 7 Dec , I am off to try and find FINCH'S WHEATEAR IN CYPRUS 

 

 

LAPWING BEEN ON HIS OWN SINCE EARLY NOV AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 27 NOV 

MON 27 NOV 

After a stormy and wet night the weather did not improve until 10.30 , a F7 Wnw wind gave very rough seas .

 

on South Huish Marsh - 30 WIGEON , 30 TEAL , 32 MALLARD ,

1F GADWALL , 2 MUTE SWAN , 2 LITTLE GREBE , 8 BLACK T GODWIT , 

10 SNIPE AND 1 LAPWING .

OFFSHORE IN A BRIEF WATCH 20 GANNET 

ERIC HAD A RINGTAIL HARRIER FLY OVER HIS GARDEN THIS MORNING 

SUN 26 NOV 

An overcast cold morning with a light N breeze .

 

On South Huish Marsh - 8 BLACK T GODWIT , 5 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING , 30 TEAL , 23 WIGEON , 5 LITTLE EGRET , 2 MUTE SWAN , 1AD MED GULL , 2 CHIFFY , 7 LONG T TIT

Have been given permission by  a local farmer to walk round his stubble fields - on future postings they will be referred to as 

Bantham Lane stubble - first visit at 11.45 produced -

8 SONG THRUSH , 3 BLACKBIRD , 1 MISTLE THRUSH , REDWING , FIELDFARE , 6 RED L PARTRIDGE , 20+SKYLARK , 3 STONECHAT ,

5 STOCK DOVE , 3 YELLOWHAMMER , 1 REDPOLL ( over -West ) ,

5 CHAFFINCH , 1 SISKIN , 1 FIRECREST , 1 SNIPE 

 

Don't know whether the stubble will be left until the Spring , good views over the surrounding valley - interesting new site on the patch 

 

In Eric's garden this morning a FIRECREST & a pair of BLACKCAP 

THURS 22 & FRI 23 NOV 

On South Huish Marsh 20 WIGEON , 25 TEAL , 1F GADWALL, 6 BLACK T GODWIT , 12 SNIPE 1LAPWING , 4 LITTLE EGRET .

ON THE ROCKS - 9 TURNSTONE , 1 DUNLIN , 

A GREAT N DIVER flew east at 10.25 today 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports the juv SPOONBILL , 1 CATTLE EGRET , 80 TEAL , 12 WIGEON . 

AT Huxton Cross this morning a flock of 70+FIELDFARE , 5 REDWING , 20 SKYLARK, 4 CHAFFINCH ,  local farmer reported a WOODCOCK flushed yesterday .

Hopefully this cold northerly wind might bring some passage 

WED 22 NOV 

A cloudy start with some sunny periods later , gale F8 SW wind with very rough seas . Joined by Terry this morning .

On South Huish Marsh - 25TEAL, 5 WIGEON , 1F GADWALL , 12 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING , 5 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 CATTLE EGRET - NICE TO HAVE ONE BACK ON THE MARSH - 150+ STARLING 

 Because of the rough seas very little offshore, 

on the rocks - 27 TURNSTONE ( highest total for some time ), 7 RINGED PLOVER .

 

At South Efford Marsh Dave P reports - the Juv SPOONBILL again , 

1 CATTLE EGRET , 10 LITTLE EGRET , 65 TEAL , 10 WIGEON , 

3 REDSHANK , 1 GREENSHANK , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 KINGFISHER 

 

 

 

 

RECORD SHOTS OF SANDERLING on the rocks 21 NOV 2017 

TUES 21 NOV 

 A morning of low cloud with a brisk F5/6 SW wind .

A walk round South Huish Marsh at 09.25 produced - 30 TEAL , 3 WIGEON , 15 MALLARD , 1F GADWALL, 2 LITTLE GREBE , 25 SNIPE ,

6 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 LAPWING 

Sea watch from 10.20 - 11.45 - First bird to fly through the Bay a 

year tick F RED BREASTED MERGANSER ( 202 ) , only a single record last year and that was on 28th Nov .also - 30 GANNET , 11 KITTIWAKE , 12 AUKS .

On the rocks - 12 TURNSTONE , 7 RINGED PLOVER , 2 SANDERLING 

( first record since Sept ) 

 

Eric had a good morning at South Efford Marsh with a patch tick - 

the juv SPOONBILL feeding on the estuary, also a CATTLE EGRET , 

3 COMMON GULL , waders the same as previous report .

MON 20 NOV 

A big change in the weather- 100% cloud and an increasing F6/7 Wsw wind 

Joined by Graham this morning -Offshore - 105+GANNET ,

21 KITTIWAKE , 4 COMMON SCOTER -W , 33 AUKDS -E , 

On the rocks - 4 TURNSTONE , 5 RINGED PLOVER .

On South Huish Marsh - 5 BLACK T GODWIT , 19 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING , 22 TEAL, 19 MALLARD ( highest for weeks ) 3 WIGEON , 1F GADWALL, 2 LITTLE GREBE 

SUN 19 NOV .

A morning with variable cloud , calm conditions .

Nothing offshore , on South Huish Marsh - 15 SNIPE , 6 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 LAPWING , 

20 TEAL , 3 WIGEON , 2 LITTLE GREBE .IN THE COPSE / GARDENS -

BULLFINCH , FIRECREST , LONG T TIT , SONG THRUSH , GREAT SP WOODY 

 

At South Efford Marsh Eric had a much better morning -

6 REDSHANK , 7 GREENSHANK , 10 DUNLIN , 2 COMMON SANDPIPER , 60+ LAPWING , 1 WATER PIPIT , 12 WIGEON .

 

Looks like the dry and calm conditions likely to change from Wed with F8+ winds and some heavy rain 

 

SAT 18 NOV 

A cold frosty morning with a light breeze , some high cloud .

A 45 min Garden Watch produced 31 species, only new specie for the week was a F BULLFINCH 

 

A short visit to South Milton Ley - 20+ BLACKBIRD , 2 SONG THRUSH , 6 REDWING , 2 WATER RAIL, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1F SPARROWHAWK , 1 FIRECREST , 3 GOLDCREST , 6 CHIFFY , 1 SIBERIAN CHIFFY , yesterday Alan D had 3 FIRECREST & a SIBERIAN CHIFFY 

Record shots of a HERON ( on the rocks ) , Pair of WIGEON on South Huish Marsh 17 NOV 2017

FRI 17 NOV 

A cold sunny morning with a light NE breeze . A Garden Watch for an hour from 07.45 only produced 27 species, numbers well down on previous days .

On South Huish Marsh - 15 SNIPE, 1 LAPWING , 6 BLACK T GODWIT ,30 TEAL, 2 WIGEON , 2 LITTLE GREBE .

Offshore 10 GANNET , 5 GUILLEMOT &1RAZORBILL(All on sea ) 

 

Along the tidal road early morning a juv SPOONBILL ( flew off over 

north marsh , could not be relocated . This is the 3rd report of a juv in the last 11days , must be hiding somewhere on the Kingsbridge Est. ) Also on the Marsh a CATTLE EGRET , 12 LITTLE EGRET , 2 LAPWING , 1 WATER PIPIT , 19 LONG T TIT , 4 CHIFFY & 2 FIRECREST ( all in one flock ) 

THURS 16 NOV 

Started off 100% cloud which started to clear by 09.00 

late news for Wed from James K - a PURPLE SANDPIPER on the rocks in Hope Cove , also of interest from Bolt Tail watching Blue Fin Tuna leaping out of the sea at the same time as a feeding frenzy of GANNET in the Bay 

 

decided this morning to do an extended Garden Watch - 07.40- 08.40 and 08.55 -10.30 - picked the wrong morning numbers well down and still only33 species - highlights - 

12 BLACKBIRD , 32 CHAFFINCH, 12 GOLDFINCH ,21 SKYLARK , 

7 LONG T TIT , 3 GOLDCREST, 1 MISTLE THRUSH , 8 PIED WAGTAIL, 5 CHIFFY , 2 RAVEN . 740 CANADA GEESE FLEW SE . I ONLY HAVE A SMALL VIEW OF THE BAY , STILL PICKED UP52 GANNET .

 

Had a brief visit with Eric to the tidal road at Aveton Gifford - 

2 GREEN SHANK , 2 REDSHANK , 2 COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 1 GREY WAGTAIL . IN A GARDEN - 1 FIREGREST, 3 GOLDCREST , 9 LONG T TIT , 4 NUTHATCH , 3 SONG THRUSH , 8 REDWING ,1F SPARROWHAWK 

WED 15 NOV 

A cloudy morning , milder and only a light breeze . Highlight today was another good watch from my garden -07.45- 09.00 - 33 species inc -

16CHAFFINCH, 14 GOLDFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH , 2 REED BUNTING , 2M 1F CIRL BUNTING ,3 CHIFFY , 1M2F BLACKCAP , 2 GOLDCREST , 2 FIRECREST , 2 RED L PARTRIDGE , 1 JAY , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 WATER RAIL, 22 BLACKBIRD , 6 SONGTHRUSH, 14 STARLING 

 

On South Huish Marsh -5 BLACK T GODWIT , 2 DUNLIN , 1 LAPWING ,12 SNIPE , 20 TEAL , 1F GADWALL , 1 L GREBE , 1 WATER PIPIT.

1M BULLFINCH , 2 SONG THRUSH , 4 STONECHAT 

ON THE ROCKS - 11 TURNSTONE , 7 RINGED PLOVER .

OFFSHORE - A FEW GANNET , 22 KITTIWAKE 

TUES 14 NOV 

A cloudy morning with a F5/6 SwWind .joined by Graham today .

offshore 245 GANNET ( inc 2 feeding frenzy flocks ) , 4 COMMON SCOTER -E, 12 WIGEON , 16 KITTIWAKE -E , 6 AUKS -E .At 11.40 picked up an ad SABINE'S GULL flying east just beyond Thurlestone Rock ( 2nd patch record this year ) 

on the rocks - 10 TURNSTONE , 9 RINGED PLOVER 

 

On South Huish Marsh a new record count of CANADA GOOSE - 900+

( inc 3 White & 1 hybrid ) 30 TEAL , 5 BLACK T GODWIT , 15 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING , 1 KINGFISHER , 1GREY WAGTAIL , amongst 150 + 

BLACK H GULL 1 1st W MED GULL . 1 L GREBE . 

In the gardens a FIRECREST . 

MON 13 NOV 

A clear , cold calm morning looked good for some viz mig , watched from 07.30-08.45 only 30 species - highlights -

900 WOOD PIGEON , 27 CHAFFINCH , 10 GOLDFINCH , 18 BLACKBIRD , 8 SONG THRUSH , 4 CHIFFY , 2 CIRL BUNTING , 1 WATER RAIL , 1 STONECHAT, 1 SPARROWHAWK , 1 GREAT SP WOODY .

 

Went with Alan And Eric to East Budleigh to look at the Italian Sparrow , after 90 mins it showed up on the feeders , interesting bird . On the way back stopped off at Great Haldon where we had HAWFINCH flocks of 2 ,9, 5. ( the last 5 could have been part of the9 seen earlier ) 

 

Alan Ringed 36 new birds at South Milton Ley this morning inc-

6 GOLDCREST, 2 FIRECREST, 2 CETTIS WARBLER , 1 REDWING , 12 CHIFFY ( 1 was a tristis - first this winter ). Also on site - 1 BRAMBLING , 2 SISKIN , 4 WATER RAIL 

SUN 12 NOV 

 A cold but sunny morning with a F5 NNW wind 

Offshore 70+ GANNET , 6 GUILLEMOT , 4 KITTIWAKE , 8 COMMON SCOTER -E .On the rocks just 1 TURNSTONE .

ON South Huish Marsh - 6 BLACK T GODWIT , 15 SNIPE , 20 TEAL , amongst the 100+ BLACK H GULL a 1w MED GULL . A count of the CANADA GEESE close to 600 .

in the copse 3 FIELDFARE 

 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 11 GREENSHANK , 6 REDSHANK , 6 DUNLIN , 22 CURLEW , 4 COMMON SANDPIPER , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 2 KINGFISHER , 1 WATER PIPIT and a FIRECREST

Lower down the estuary there is flock of 120 WIGEON 

SAT 11 NOV 

A cloudy morning with some light rain , only report today birds in my garden between 08.10- 08.40 -

2 FIRECREST , 2 CIRL BUNTING , 14 REDWING - NW , SINGLE GREEN & GREAT SP WOODY, 2 CHIFFY , 9 GOLDFINCH , 1 LITTLE EGRET -S 

SNIPE & LAPWING at SOUTH HUISH MARSH 10 NOV 2017

FRI 10 NOV 

Rain/ showers until 07.30 , cloudy thereafter , only a light breeze.

Viz mig watch from my garden 07.40- 08.45 35 species , very much a Thrush morning - 33 BLACKBIRD , 1 SONG THRUSH , 60 FIELDFARE - NW , 43 REDWING - NW , ALSO - 1 JAY, 5 CIRL BUNTING ( 2 + 3 flew SE ) 2 CHIFFY , 1 SNIPE 

 

Afternoon visit to South Huish Marsh - 6 BLACK T GODWIT , 12 SNIPE , 1 LAPWING , 30 TEAL , 2 LITTLE GREBE 

THURS 9 NOV 

A morning off the patch with Eric in search of HAWFINCH At Great Haldon. After a fruitless 4mile walk around the Butterfly trail we were rescued by Bill McDonald and Roy and driven back to the car park . Managed to find the area where they had been seen - at least 20 in flight , with 3 settling in a tree to provide some brief but good views . Other sightings were- SPARROWHAWK , GREAT SP WOODY , NUTHATCH , SISKIN , REDPOLL.

STOPPED AT Buckfastleigh on the way back - F GOOSANDER , KINGFISHER AND GREY WAGTAIL by the river .

 

Patch news restricted to Dave Pake's report from South Efford Marsh - the usual species with 1WATER PIPIT , 100+ Teal , 2 WIGEON 

WED 8 NOV 

A cloudless early morning with a frost , no breeze .

viz mig watch from my garden. 07.35-08.40 produced 37 species - at 07.40 a JACK SNIPE flew past only 30 feet away and at head height before landing in the marsh - first site record for a few years , 1050 WOOD PIGEON - SE , 3 BULLFINCH, 10 CHAFFINCH. 20 GREENFINCH , 1 M CIRL BUNTING , 2 REED BUNTING , 3 CHIFFY , 1 GOLDCREST , 1F BLACKCAP 2 GREAT SP &1 GREEN WOODY , A FLOCK OF 50 +FIELDFARE flew into the hotel grounds 

On South Huish Marsh a juv SPOONBILL ( still there this pm despite being moved regularly by the CANADA GOOSE FLOCK), 5 SNIPE ,

4 BLACK T GODWIT , 22 TEAL , 2 LITTLE GREBE , . 5 CATTLE EGRET IN WITH the CATTLE , later flew onto the Marsh .

On the rocks - 6 RINGED PLOVER , 4 TURNSTONE 

Nick reported at South Milton Ley , a flock of REDWING also a PEREGRINE over .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports the only change were now 2 BLACK T GODWIT 

 

CATTLE EGRET & SPOONBILL - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 8 NOV 2017

TUES 7 NOV 

Almost a complete wash out - very heavy rain set in by 09.30 .

offshore 30 GANNET battling E in a F6/7 SSW .150+ BLACK HEADED GULL IN THE BAY , also 135 on the Marsh ( could have included some from the Bay ) 4 BLACK T GODWIT, in with the cattle 5 Cattle Egret 

MON 6 NOV 

A crisp clear morning , first frost , no breeze ,. Expected a good WOOD PIGEON COUNT only I big flock of 1400 and 3 of 100 . A total of 33 species recorded in an hour from o7.30-inc  4 RAVEN , 20 CHAFFINCH , 2 REED BUNTING , 3F BULLFINCH , 15 REDWING ,1M CIRLBUNTING , WATER RAIL , SPARROWHAWK , 2 CHIFFY .At 13.30 a F/IMM BLACK REDSTART

At South Huish Marsh - 15 TEAL, 2 WIGEON , 2 LITTLE GREBE , 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 4 SNIPE , 1 WATER PIPIT , 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 

2 FIRECREST , GOLDCREST, 2 CHIFFY , 2M BULLFINCH .

AMONGST the Frisian cattle - 6 CATTLE EGRET- NICE TO SEE AN INCREASE AGAIN 

Amongst the 550 CANADA GEESE are 3 White farmyard type als a hybrid that is going to easily confuse into thinking it is a WHITE FRONTED GOOSE it is a hybrid - photo follows 

on the rocks 6 RINGED PLOVER , 3 TURNSTONE AND A F/IMM BLACK REDSTART

SUN 5 NOV 

No viz mig this morning due to heavy showers at 07.15- 08.10 

Offshore - 26 GANNET -W , 10 KITTIWAKE -W , 1M COMMON SCOTER -E , 20 AUKS -E .

0n South Huish Marsh - 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 15 SNIPE , 20 TEAL, 

2 WIGEON , 2 LITTLE GREBE , in the Olive Trees - 5 GOLDCREST , 

3 FIRECREST , 17 LONG T TIT . 1 CHIFFY 

ON the rocks a F/Juv BLACK REDSTART .

THANKS TO Steph and James K for info on the Firecrest and Black Redstart .

Late news from Saturday - Alan had a SPOONBILL over Lincombe Boat Yard at 15.00 heading west , reported later on South Huish Marsh , no sign of it this morning .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - same waders as previous days , the m BLACK REDSTART , 1 FIRECREST , 1 YELLOW B WARBLER ( heard ) , 2 KINGFISHER and the WATER PIPIT 

SAT 4 NOV 

A quiet day on the patch - a walk round South Milton Ley with Nick , Alan , Eric and Roger - deciding where to put the proposedfeeding station near to the screen .Species picked up - 15 REDWING, 

25+ BLACKBIRD, 2 SONG THRUSH , 15  LONG T TIT , BULLFINCH, 2 GOLDCREST AND A SPARROWHAWK .

THis afternoon over my garden - KESTREL , SPARROWHAWK , GREEN WOODY 

FRI 3 NOV 

Another clear morning with no breeze , only 40% high cloud . Quietest viz mig morning this week . Watched from 07.30-08.40 

30 species recorded . Highlights -

WOOD PIGEON -4,200- SOME CONFUSION AS FLOCKS CIRCLED OVER 

SOAR - 300 RETURNED NE 

1F BLACK REDSTART , 1 STONECHAT ,1 SKYLARK , 21 CHAFFINCH , 

11 GREENFINCH , 12 GOLDFINCH , 7 BLACKBIRD , 6 SONG THRUSH 

( flew E together - probably having roosted in the Hotel grounds )

at 09.40 at Huxton Cross - 40 LINNET , 35 CHAFFINCH , 1M BRAMBLING ( first this winter , always a scarce bird on the patch )

2M YELLOWHAMMER . Returned at 11.30 when 100+ CHAFFINCH AND 2 FIELDFARE . A local farmer confirmed a BARN OWL RESIDENT ON HIS LAND 

 

Met up with Eric & Lesley to view the tidal road and garden - not as productive as yesterday - 3 GREENSHANK , 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 4 MISTLE THRUSH , 2 SONG THRUSH , 6 REDWING , 5 BLACKBIRD , 2 NUTHATCH , 3 GOLDCREST , 1 GREY WAGTAIL 

AT 13.45 Eric had a M BLACK REDSTART IN HIS GARDEN 

THURS 2 NOV 

Early morning started with clear skies , although colder than previous days , no breeze . Viz mig from my garden 07.20- 08.45 

32 species recorded.

WOOD PIGEON TOTALLED 5,100 - ALMOST ALL THROUGH BY 08.00 , 

11 GOLDFINCH, 30 CHAFFINCH, 6 SKYLARK , 1 SONG THRUSH ., 

18 BLACKBIRD , 1 RAVEN , 3 JAY . AT 08.35 2 BLACK REDSTART ( m and f ) were on the roof 

Quick visit to look over the Bay found 3 WIGEON -E 7 SKLARK -N and 190 BLACK H GULL ON THE ROCKS 

En route to Aveton Gifford stopped at Huxton Cross - 2m YELLOWHAMMER , 30 SKYLARK , 11 CHAFFINCH , a MERLIN FLEW S,

AT 17.00 6 FIELDFARE GOING TO ROOST .

Met Mike Pope at North Marsh where there were 3 GREEN SANPIPER  

 

Along the tidal road -3 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER , CURLEW. Having parked at the far end of the road had what can only be described as a THRUSH bonanza- feeding on a tree with plenty of berries - 8 MISTLE THRUSH , 7 SONG THRUSH, 7 BLACKBIRD , 4 REDWING , ALSO 5 NUTHATCH , 1 COAL TIT , 1 GREAT SP WOODY AND A GREY WAGTAIL ( over ) 

A nice change from looking at 100's of Canada's !

Alan ringed49 birds at South Milton Ley - 2 FIRECREST, 7 GOLDCREST, 19 CHIFFY ( inc 2 retransmit ,1 UK control ) 1 f CETTIS WARBLER ( retrap ) , 2 BULLFINCH , 1 REED BUNTING , 1 GREAT SP WOODY .Also on site 5 WATER RAIL, 20 BLACKBIRD , 15 REDWING .

6 SISKIN ( flew over )

 

 

 

WED 1 NOV 

The expected cloud cover at dawn did not materialise- started calm and clear , however the WOOD PIGEON must of expected cloud as only 1500 moved SE between 07.10 and 08.45 . However there were some good birds recorded total species 36 including a garden tick -

a nice YELLOW B WARBLER at 07.45 .Others of note were -

25 STOCK DOVE -W , 16 GOLDFINCH, 40 CHAFFINCH, 3 SISKIN ,

5 SKYLARK , 9 BLACKBIRD , 1 MISTLE THRUSH , 3 JAY , 2 GOLDCREST  1 WATER RAIL ( calling ) , a single flock of 175 BLACK H GULL FLEW S ( see Eric's comments )

Offshore only 20 GANNET , 5 COMMON SCOTER -W 

On the rocks - 6 RINGED PLOVER , 5 TURNSTONE .

On South Huish Marsh - 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 SNIPE , 2 L GREBE ,

1 CATTLE EGRET , the CANADA GOOSE FLOCK 575+( now includes 3 white hybrids )

A short visit to Huxton Cross - 5 BUZZARD , 50 LINNET, 35 SKYLARK,2 KESTREL 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 GREENSHANK , 5 REDSHANK ,28 CURLEW , 1 LAPWING , 1 WATER PIPIT, 1 COMMON GULL AND 200+ BLACK HEADED GULL . BY the car park a FIRECREST .

Total species recorded today - 71 ( highest 1st of the month this year ) 

CATTLE EGRET AND WHEATEAR around South Huish Marsh Oct 2017

SPOONBILL- South Huish Marsh 27 Sept 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

YELLOW WAGTAILS AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 26 Aug 2017

Photos from James K of - REDSHANK, RUFF and DUNLIN at South Huish Marsh 24 AUG 2017

Record shots of BLACK SWAN ( lots of glare ) and LITTLE EGRET Avon Estuary  18 Aug 2017 

Have retained a lot of photos  from the last 3 years at the  at the bottom of this page

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 - BARNACLE GOOSE at South Efford Marsh and a CATTLE EGRET in a field near Horswell House taken last weekend

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

Record shot of the PURPLE HERON on South Huish Marsh on 11 May 2017 - taken by James K

2 photos of CATTLE EGRETS at South Efford Marsh 13 July 2017

taken by Alan Doidge

CATTLE EGRET - BREEDING IN DEVON ?

They have been on the patch all year , numbers dropped off with 2 regularly seen , sometimes 3 . Birds have been watched flying over T'stone Marsh to/from Bantham / Avon Est.

Visits to the LITTLE EGRET colony on the Avon Est found birds on site but no nest was located .

On 13 JULY Eric found a juv along with 2 adults on SOUTH EFFORD MARSH - hopefuuly I will be able to post photos fron Alan Doidge later.

This morning I had 2 adults flying over T'stone Marh at 07.45 towards Bantham , at 07.55 1 returned and landed on the back of a bullock , it was then joined by another . A visit to South Huish Marsh this morning 2 adults were feeding amongst the Highland Cattle

I am not aware of any other sites near us reporting them . Whilst we cannot provide conclusive evidence to prove they bred locally it must go down as probable

Nice shot of a Scandinavian Rock Pipit on South Milton beach 20 March 2017

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

Record shot of the CATTLE EGRET at SOUTH HUISH MARSH 23 JAN 2017 by Alan Doidge

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

SQUACCO HERONS.

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 !

Record shot of male Red Backed Shrike South Huish Marsh 9 July

WILLOW WARBLER and ACREDULA WARBLER

Not often in Devon that an opportunity arises to compare these 2 species .

ACREDULA is a sub specie of WILLOW breeding mostly in Scandanavia usually  above 63o North , studies have confirmed that they winter in different habitats in Africa

Have received these photos from Roger and Helen of a bird ringed on the 11 August at South Milton Ley, whilst I missed this, I was fortunate to see one that Bob ringed a few years ago . You really do need to see them in the hand to appreciate them.

GLOSSY IBIS - South Huish Marsh 19 Nov 2015 - Alan Doidge
ISABELLINE SHRIKE
ISABELLINE SHRIKE - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 14 OCT 2015- photos by Alan Doidge and Richard Stafford

Photos below of the BEE-EATERS at Aymer Cove 30 MAY  taken by Alan Doidge

2014

Record shot of the GLOSSY IBIS taken at 16.00 Sat 27 Dec- Alan Doidge

WHOOPER SWAN family- T'stone Marsh on 19 OCT 2014
Crane at South Huish Marsh 20 Oct 2014- Alan Doidge

TUES 16 SEPT

Some Recent photos from Alan Doidge

Photos from Alan Doidge at South Huish Marsh