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 November review in the section headed 

2018Monthly Review 

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I spend several hours a day looking through my telescope either seawatching or scanning South Huish Marsh . Recently looking through friends scope I realised the latest Swarovski 95 ( objective lens ) with a 30-70x zoom eyepiece was better . Steve offered me a very good package to include a fitted case and a Manfrotto Carbon Tripod with a MVH 500 AH Fluid Head .He also gave me a very good offer to take my existing Scope and Eypiece in part exchange .

Having used my new scope for 2 weeks I can confirm the results are outstanding - the clarity and light value are superb 

If you are contemplating purchasing any new optical equipment do give Steve a ring on 01872 263444 or contact him on email - 

steve@swoptics.com

He might just be able to supply Santa with that special present .

Steve is a very active and experienced birder , very useful to deal with someone who knows what we need 

TUES 11 DEC

An overcast morning with a F4 SSE wind .

On South Huish Marsh new arrivals were 2LAPWING , 15 SNIPE, FIELDFARE , 

in the lanes 3 JAY 

On the rocks - 16 TURNSTONE , 10 RINGED PLOVER 

Offshore - 1 FULMAR ( first returning bird ) , 22 GANNET , 25 KITTIWAKE , 7 COMMON SCOTER, 85 RAZORMOT - All SE .On the sea 13 WIGEON .

Around South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 2 JACK SNIPE ( his first for the site ) 2CATTLE EGRET , 60 WIGEON , 120 TEAL . Near the pub a F BLACK REDSTART.

MON 10 DEC 

No report for Thurs 6 & FRI 7 DEC - there were no new birds , similarly over the W/end whilst I was away no reports received 

Very quit morning - on South Huish Marsh - 50TEAL , 10 WIGEON , 

60 MALLARD , 1 L GREBE , 2 MUTE SWAN ., 2 REED BUNTING , 

1 SONG THRUSH ,7 SNIPE .

Offshore - 16 GANNET , 8 RAZORMOT. 2 flocks of WIGEON totalling 42 flew NW 

On the rocks - 10 TURNSTONE, 4 RINGED PLOVER .

Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan had 25 new birds - 2 CETTIS WARBLER , 3 REED BUNTING , 2 REDWING , 8 CHIFFY , 1 GOLDCREST . Also on site - 12 REDWING , 1 CIRL BUNTING , 1 SPRAWK .

The latest CETTIS take the total ringed to14 since the end of Sept .

Record shots in poor light  of GREY LAG GOOSE at South Huish Marsh and MANDARIN at Aveton Gifford- 5 DEC 2018

WED 5 DEC 

Very heavy rain from 09.30 , low cloud strong winds . Not a day for birdwatching- all records viewed from comfort of my car . 

At South Huish Marsh At 09.45 - 2 GREY L GOOSE , 38 TEAL , 6 WGEON , 2 MUTE SWAN , 2 LITTLE GREBE , 15 SNIPE . Good flocks of GULLS bathing - 460 BLACK H GULL , 175 HERRING GULL , 3 LESSER B B GULL , 1 COMMON GULL , 1 AD MED GULL 

Along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford 5 BLACK T GODWIT , 4 REDSHANK , 2 CURLEW , 1 LITTLE GREBE. Good views in very poor conditions of a patch life tick - the Male MANDARIN ( no 259 on my patch list )

TUES 4 DEC 

 First News from Rod Bone for 3 Dec - At Aveton Gifford - 1 BLACKCAP , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 BLACK REDSTART . In the creek with MALLARD a M MANDARIN ( 205) - I think this is only the 2nd patch record , also it sets a new year species record ( was 204 ) 

On South Huish Marsh - 45 Teal , 10 WIGEON , 3 MUTE SWAN , 2 L GREBE , 2 GREY L GOOSE , 18 SNIPE .

On the rocks - 3 RINGED PLOVER 

Offshore 2 COMMON SCOTER -SE , at 10.40 a RED T DIVER flew in from Se and landed on the sea .

At Huxton Cross - 35SKYLARK , 75 LINNET , 20 MIPIT , 1 KESTREL 

In my garden - 2 MISTLE THRUSH , 1 CHIFFY .

At South Milton Ley - in nearby field a covey of 12 GREY PARTRIDGE 

& 2 RED L PARTRIDGE . ALAN also ringed 51 new birds inc- 

21 CHIFFY , 1 WATER RAIL ,1 GOLDCREST , 1 SONG THRUSH , 2 REED BUNTING . Also on site 8 BULLFINCH & 1 SIBERIAN CHIFFY .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 28 WIGEON , 100 TEAL , 1 KINGFISHER , 30 BLACK T GODWIT, 25 CURLEW , 8 GREENSHANK , 6 REDSHANK , 1 GOLDCREST , 2 REDWING 

MON 3 DEC 

Another cloudy morning with some heavy showers , AWNW wind F 5 increasing to F8 .

On South Hush Marsh - 30 TEAL , 5 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE.

On the rocks - 14 TURNSTONE , 2 RINGED PLOVER, 33 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 MED GULL .

Offshore 20 GANNET , 1 RAZORMOT .

By the Bridge At Aveton Gifford Eric had 3 CATTLE EGRET fly over 

Photo of the “Last of the summer wine “‘ audition in Feb 2017 

Tony Skyrm ( on the right ) has just come through a major operation - best wishes to him and his family for a speedy recovery , looking forward to meeting up with him and his bins & scope early in 2019 

SUN 2 DEC 

Yet another drab day with low cloud light showers and aF5 SW wind .

On the rocks - 10RINGED PLOVER , 6 TURNSTONE , 1 1W MED GULL .Offshore a few GANNET . 

 No change to birds on South Huish Marsh apart from a LITTLE GREBE , WATER PIPIT still .

John Reported a BARN OWL at the bottom of his garden last night .

Nick reports South Milton Ley under a lot of flood water , CETTIS WARBLER , WATER RAIL AND PERGRINE 

SAT 1 DEC 

 Countdown to the year end begins today . A drab and wet morning with poor offshore viz particularly during the showers .WSW F5/6 wind .

On South Huish Marsh - 50 TEAL , 3 WIGEON , 14 SNIPE , 1 DUNLIN 

1 WATER PIPIT .

Offshore - 50 GANNET , KITTIWAKE, 3 RAZORMOT , 1 COMMON SCOTER ,.

Nick reports from South Milton village /Ley - 1m SHOVELER, 

CHIFFY , WATER RAIL .

Around  Aveton Gifford Eric had a F BRAMBLING , COAL TIT , NUTHATCH .

54 Species recorded 

FRI 30 NOV 

 A fine sunny morning with good offshore viz , W F5/6 wind .

A nice end to the month with a patch First - At 11.05 picked up a large DIVER flying SE across the Bay , what stood out was a very large white/ yellow bill - a WHITE BILLED DIVER ( 204 ) . Was about 600 yards off - I was watching from the flats at South Huish . V good views through my Swarovski 95 scope on 40x mag .

1n a 90 min watch also logged - 10 GANNET , 12 KITTIWAKE , 65 GREAT B B GULL all flying S , 1 WIGEON ( on sea ) 

on the rocks 10 TURNSTONE , 

On South Huish Marsh - 50 TEAL , 7 WIGEON , 25 LESSER B B GULL , amongst the HERRING GULLS AN AD YELLOW L GULL 

THURS 29 NOV 

After another stormy night rain and cloud cleared by 10.05 , still a F10+ W wind , heavy showers by 12.00 - massive waves .

Lot of birds had moved on , at South Huish Marsh - 80TEAL , 4 WIGEON , 10 MALLARD , 2 LITTLE GREBE , 6 SNIPE , 1 WATER PIPIT , 3 SKYLARK, 2 LITTLE EGRET ., 38 OYSTERCATCHER ,1 1wMED GULL 

On the beach - 10 DUNLIN , 9 RINGED PLOVER , 8 TURNSTONE 

PHOTOS FROM ALAN D OF WATER PIPIT , SCANDANAVIAN HERRING GULL - ARGENTATUS At South Huish Marsh Nov 2018

WED 28 NOV 

As expected a very wet and stormy morning - SW F9/10 producing very rough seas- poor viz offshore ( very poor in rain ) 

managed to get to SoutHuish Marsh by 10.10 - 110TEAL , 30 WIGEON, 2 LITTLE GREBE , 21 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE , 1AD MED GULL .  At 12.25 a GREY PLOVER FLEW THROUGH .

On the Beach - 13 TURNSTONE , 9 RINGED PLOVER , 4 DUNLIN .

Offshore - 10.30- 11.45 - 30 GANNET , 1 KITTIWAKE, 2 MED GULL , 3 RAZORMOT, 14 WIGEON -S , 8 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ) 

On a South Milton pond a M SHOVELER , .

In Aveton Gifford the 1w M BLACK REDSTART again .

Recently Alan D had At South Huish Marsh an ad SCANDANAVIAN 

HERRING GULL (203 ) - Argentatus sub specie - photo follows 

TUES 27 NOV 

Heavy rain in blustery conditions- Alan At South Huish Marsh Reported 100 SNIPE -flushed when a BUZZARD flew over , also now 2 LITTLE GREBE. On the Beach - 10 RINGED PLOVER , 1 DUNLIN .

James At Hope Reported a MANX SHEARWATER , also this pm 

2 COMMON SCOTER , 5 MED GULLS &a raft of 200+ GANNET in the Bay 

MON 26 NOV 

A fine sunny morning with almost calm conditions .

A 30 min Garden Watch from 08.15 produced 28 species inc -

15 REDWING , 1 SONG THRUSH , 1 CHIFFY , 1 SKYLARK .

On South Huish Marsh - 110 TEAL , 18 WIGEON , 1 LITTLE GREBE ,

1 WATER PIPIT . 36 SNIPE . At 12.30 a flyover F GOOSANDER .

Offshore - 2 1W MED GULL , 30 GANNET , 5 WIGEON ( on sea ) .

At Hope James had 2 RED T DIVER - S @ 08.50 , small numbers of KITTIWAKES . At 16.00 in the Bay he had a GREAT C GREBE ( 1st Nov record since 2012 ), also numbers of Dolphin & Porpoise in the Bay .

Alan was Ringing At South Milton Ley - 35 new birds inc - 15 CHIFFY , 1 REED BUNTING , 4 BULLFINCH , 1 CHAFFINCH , also on site -

at least 30 CHIFFY , 1 CIRL BUNTING, 2 SNIPE 3 WATER RAIL , 2 SPRAWK 

SUN 25NOV 

A cloudy and cold morning. Managed a short visit to South Huish Marsh from 11.00-12.30 - lot more water after recent heavy rain , the pool in the overflow car park is back - out of 75 TEAL 60 were feeding there , 35 MALLARD ( have been missing for some months ), 

17 WIGEON , 25 SNIPE , 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 1W MED GULL . A CATTLE EGRET on the marsh .At 12.30 a BRENT GOOSE ( PB ) flew in from the Bay circled and then flew off north .Not often we get the Pale Bellied form on the patch , 3rd this year . 

On the rocks -18 TURNSTONE , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 1 DUNLIN , 

2AD 1 1W MED GULL .

Offshore - 15 GANNET , 6 RAZORMOT, 4 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ) 

An interesting raptor flying north about 2 miles offshore low over the sea turned out to be a BUZZARD , not one of our pale local birds 

At South Milton Ley Dave P flushed a GREEN SANDPIPER .

At South Efford Marsh only changes to yesterday’s report by Eric was a F GOOSANDER ( landed on the Marsh ) and 4 LAPWING . 

Looks like some stormy - F11 SSW winds and heavy rain mid week . 

 

 

FRI 23 NOV 

After some very heavy rain early the morning improved  , a SE F3/4 breeze .

A short visit to South Huish Marsh At 11.00- 60 TEAL, 12 WIGEON , 

1 LITTLE GREBE, 10 SNIPE , 1 CHIFFY , 1 CATTLE EGRET ( still in with black cattle in nearby field ), 3 BLACK T GODWIT .

Offshore very quiet apart from - 4 RAZORMOT , 10 GANNET , 

2 MED GULL ( on rocks ) + 6 AD flew south .

Late afternoon James very surprised to watch a MANX SHEARWATER fly round the Bay twice before flying off south .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 GREEN SANDPIPER , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 16 LAPWING , 6 GREENSHANK , 4 REDSHANK

28 CURLEW, 24 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 GOLDCREST , 1 WATER PIPIT , 1 AD MED GULL .

 

 

 

THURS 22NOV 

A sunny morning with high cloud , a brisk F5 /6 SE wind , cold start 

A 40 min Garden Watch from 08.00 produced 26 species inc- 1 M BLACK REDSTART, 1F CIRL BUNTING ,21 GOLDFINCH , 16 CHAFFINCH , 8 GREENFINCH .

A short visit to South Huish Marsh - 55 TEAL , 8 WIGEON, 1 BLACK T GODWIT . In a nearby field with cows a CATTLE EGRET.

An hours seawatch from 11.00- 7 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ) ,

2 MED GULL (1ad, 1 1w ), 32 GANNET -E , 2 RAZORMOT -E, 

14 GREAT B B GULL -E 

WED 21 NOV 

A cold morning with sunny periods, a 30 min Garden Watch from 08.20 produced 26 species inc- 1 F CIRL BUNTING , 1 JAY , 1 SPRAWK , 1 WATER RAIL 

A short visit to South Efford Marsh this afternoon - 3 DUNLIN , 35 TEAL, 7 WIGEON ., 1 LITTLE GREBE , . At high tide on the sea a flock of 750 BLACK H GULL , amongst them 5 COMMON GULL .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports  35 DUNLIN , 25 WIGEON 

otherwise no change to the regular birds 

At 19.15 Eric had a LITTLE OWL( 202 ) outside his flat - First Record 

for a few years - nice addition to the year list 

TUES 20 NOV 

A30 min Garden Watch from 08.25 produced 26 species ,nothing unusual 

Managed a 45 min seawatch from 11.30 by the flats -

A flock of 14 DUCK which flew around the Bay At 11.35 contained 2MALLARD  & 12 PINTAIL ( 3M 9 F / FW ) , On the sea - 1F WIGEON,

7 COMMON SCOTER + 3 flew W , 10 GANNET , 5 RAZORMOT , 

1AD MED GULL . On the rocks 1 REDSHANK , 1 RINGED PLOVER .

On South Huish Marsh 1 GREY L GOOSE , 1DB BRENT GOOSE , 

16 TEAL , 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 STONECHAT .

Eric Reported no change to birds on South Efford Marsh , a 1wM 

BLACK REDSTART again in the village . In fields with cattle at the far end of North Marsh Dave P had 3CATTLE EGRET 

MON 19 NOV 

A 45 min Garden Watch from 07.55 produced 25 Species inc -

2 LONG T TIT , 60 CHAFFINCH , 20 GOLDFINCH , 10 MIPIT , 

2 SONG THRUSH , 2 REED BUNTING .

Managed my first visit to South Huish Marsh ,only a short stop at 11.25 - 1 GREY L GOOSE , 26 TEAL , 5 WIGEON , 

10 DUNLIN , 1 SNIPE , 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 WATER PIPIT .

On the rocks 5 TURNSTONE . A 30 min seawatch from 11.45 -

1 DB BRENT GOOSE , 2M 1F GADWALL ( landed on sea ) , 5 AUKS , 2 COMMON SCOTER , 10 GANNET, 1AD MED GULL .

 

Late News from Eric - Around South Efford Marsh on Sun 18 Nov -

15 DUNLIN , 4 SONG THRUSH, 2 NUTHATCH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY ..

In the village a BLACK REDSTART 

SAT 17 NOV 

Eric reports - S Efford Marsh - 100 TEAL, GREENSHANK ,REDSHANK, BLACK T GODWIT , CURLEW , 32 COMMON GULL ( site Record count 

foe recent years ). Along the hedgerows near the carpark - 

1 YELLOW B WARBLER , 2 CHIFFY , 2 GOLDCREST 

FRI 16 NOV 

A short 20 min Garden Watch from 08.20 produced 19 species inc 1 M BLACKCAP , 1 F BLACK REDSTART , 15 CHAFFINCH , 13 HOUSE SPARROW .

First Finch flock of the winter near Huxton Cross 400+ Chaffinch & Linnet .

Alan was Ringing At South Milton Ley this morning - 26 new birds inc - 11 CHIFFY , 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 3 GOLDCREST, 1 REDWING , 2 REED BUNTING, 1 MIPIT . Also on site a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER , 2 WATER RAIL, 18 REDWING 

WED 14 & THURS 15 NOV

THURS - WAtch from -8.00-40min & 11.40- 12.20 - a total of 34 species, - 12 GOLDFINCH , 12 CHAFFINCH, 7 GREENFINCH , 2 JAY , 1 WATER RAIL , 1 REED BUNTING , 4 RAVEN , 10 SKYLARK, 6 REDWING , 1 SPRAWK , 1 KESTREL ,1 CHIFFY , 1 GOLDCREST , & the F BLACK REDSTART 

On Wed - Garden Watch 08.00 for 40 min - only 23 species inc - 20 REDWING, 31 GOLDFINCH , 21 CHAFFINCH 2 STOCK DOVE, 1 CHIFFY , 1 WATER RAIL , 1F BLACK REDSTART .

TUES 13 NOV 

Managed a 40 min Garden Watch from 07.55 - 32 species logged 

highlight was a BARN OWL hunting along the path next to my garden , also - 3JAY , 1 WATER RAIL, 12 SKYLARK, 2 REED BUNTING 

8 RAVEN , 1SPRAWK .

MON 12 NOV 

Arrived back home late Sunday - unlikely my birding activities in the field will restart before the 26 Nov - Anne is completely immobile .

Only News rec’d for Sunday 11 Nov was 3 CATTLE EGRET at South

Efford Marsh .

This morning a covey of 20 RED L PARTRIDGE in a nearby field 

THURS 8 NOV 

Still in Bedford - info received from Eric , James & Nick since Mon 

South Efford Marsh - 60 WIGEON , 3 GREEN SANDPIPER, GREENSHANK, REDSHANK , BLACK T GODWIT , DUNLIN , 2 KINGFISHER , CETTIS WARBLER ,2 WATER PIPIT .

Thurlestone Bay , GREAT N DIVER , MED GULL , BLACK REDSTART , 

MERLIN , SABINES GULL 

WED 7 NOV 

Whilst out birding on Monday Anne fell - it took the ambulance over 3 hours to reach us , she couldn’t be moved due to the pain . Yesterday she had a hip replacement operation in Bedford General .

likely to be a while before we get back to Devon - have packed all our optical equipment.

I will try and post any information received - looks some interesting winds on Friday 

BRENT GOOSE , SNOW BUNTING , SHORE LARK - ALL JUST RECORD SHOTS - NORFOLK 3 NOV 

SAT 3 NOV 

James had a Red T Diver At -9.05 , 2 BONXIES - 09.30 , 10.25 - all SE .

Took our G/daughter for a day trip to Norfolk- Spent 6 hours in the car -but a very worthwhile trip .

Arrived At Titchwell RSPB At 12.00 - as usual,lot to see -

1500 KNOT , 500 BAR T GODWIT , 150 BLACK T GODWIT ,500 DUNLIN, 100 SANDERLING , 50 GREY PLOVER, 30 CURLEW, 50 REDSHANK , 2 GREENSHANK , 10 LAPWING , 6 AVOCET .

DUCKS - LOTS OF WIGEON , TEAL , SHOVELER ,SHELDUCK, 

30 RED B MERGANSER , 20 G C GREBEV, 1 L GREBE , 

500 BRENT GOOSE DB, 1 MARSH HARRIER , 1 PEREGRINE.

1 GREY L GOOSE , 1 SANDWICH TERN.

Next stop Holkham Beach - wow ! With only a limited time managed to find my 2 target species - 8 SHORE LARK , & 40 SNOW BUNTING ( including some stunning ad males ), also SKYLARK , 1500 PINK F 

GOOSE , 50 GREY L GOOSE , 20 BRENT GOOSE , 6 EGYPTIAN GOOSE , 

3 RED L PARTRIDGE 

 

FRI 2 NOV 

Ringing At South Milton Ley Alan had 27 new species - 1GOLDCREST,1 REED BUNTING ,4 CETTIS WARBLER ( that makes 10 

ringed in the last 5 weeks , as far as we know none bred on the reserve this year )10 CHIFFY , 3 MIPIT , 1BLACKCAP . on Site 10 each of BLACKBIRD, REDWING , FIELDFARE ( feeding on berries )SPRAWK, BULLFINCH , 3 WATER RAIL ,GREEN WOODY .

 At South Huish Marsh James & Terry Reported- 11SNIPE , 3 LAPWING , 1 WATER PIPIT .

Offshore good feeding flock of GANNET , BLACK H GULL , HERRING GULL , KITTIWAKE . 

Anne & I visited Priory Country Park At Bedford - 20 G C GREBE , 4 L GREBE ,2 EGYPTIAN GOOSE , 4 HERON ,30 GADWALL , 20 WIGEON ,

6 SHOVELER, 5 TEAL, 3 TUFTED DUCK, 1 GREEN &1 GREAT SP WOODY .

THURS 1 NOV 

News rec’d - the PEC SANDPIPER still on South Huish Marsh ( now been present for 14 days ) Also SNIPE TEAL , on the rocks RINGED PLOVER , TURNSTONE .

Nice photo of a MERLIN by Alan Doidge At South Huish Marsh 

JUV PECTORAL SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH - taken by Paul Rossiter 

Latest images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE provided by Steve Hopper 

Record shots of TREE SPARROW , REDSHANK , BARNACLE GOOSE 

at RSPB SALTHOLME 

A few of the 170 photos of SANDERLING , KNOT , DUNLIN , REDSHANK , TURNSTONE -taken on the rocks at Redcar - none have been cropped!

A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER 

WOOD SANDPIPER AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 30 AUG 

PHOTOS OF CATTLE EGRET 28 AUG

Record shots of SEDGE WARBLER in my garden 

OSPREY Aveton Gifford  16 Aug. by Alan Doidge 

REED AND SEDGE WARBLER in the reeds On 21 July 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK & SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 6 JUNE 

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 

Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April 

GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR 

PHOTOS 4 MAR South Huish Marsh -GARGANEY , SANDWICH TERN & MED GULL , RUFF , KNOT 

PHOTOS 23 FEB - CATTLE AND LITTIE EGRET ON THURLESTONE MARSH , WIGEON AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH ALSO AN AD MED GULL 

Thurs 18 Jan - THURLESTONE MARSH 08.00

LOOK WHAT WAS OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW AT 08.00

17 JAN 

A nice year garden tick , on the scrape behind my garden at 11.15

30 DEC , also 2 HERON &8MALLARD 

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

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

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

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
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

2014

Crane at South Huish Marsh 20 Oct 2014- Alan Doidge