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 2019 ANNUAL REVIEW -to access choose the appropriate header 

Have posted a copy of the  SEPTEMBER review in the section headed 

2020 Monthly  Review 

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 .

Friday 16 Oct - LOST PROPERTY 

FOUND IN THE CAR PARK AT SHIPLEY BRIDGE AT 13.15 TODAY 

BINOCULARS 8X32 - LOOK EXPENSIVE . THE PERSON WHO LEFT THEM BEHIND I AM SURE WAS WITH A SMALL GROUP WHO I MET LOOKING AT THE RING OUZELS . 

PLEASE CONTACT ME ON 01548 560076 IF THEY ARE YOURS 

FRI 23 OCT 

A cloudy morning with showers . Started with a Viz Mig watch from 08.35- 10.15 at the back of the Golf Course -

131 MIPIT, 34 SKYLARK , 42 GOLDFINCH, 21 CHAFFINCH, 11 PIED WAGTAIL ,5 BLACKBIRD, 1 CHIFFY, 1 STONECHAT , amongst 

20 BLACK H GULL 1 1W MED GULL .

Short visit to South Huish Marsh before the rain set in - 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 30 TEAL, 12 WIGEON, 1 COMMON GULL , 400+

BLACK H GULL , 9 MED GULL ( 2 ad, 2 2W , 5 1w ) 

On South Efford Marsh- LESSER YELLOWLEGS still , 12 REDSHANK, 6 GREENSHANK, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 100 TEAL , 2 AD COMMON GULL , 1 AD MED GULL .

Moths - 19 of 7 species - 3 Lunar Underwing, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 10 Large Wainscot, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Feathered Ranunculus, 1 Yellow Line Quaker - NFY, 1 Dark Chestnut NFY 

'Stormy & wet w/end ahead 

THURS 22 OCT 

Sunny periods with a heavy rain storm 09.45- 10.25 .Seawatch 

with Graham from 08.30 - 12.00 -

85 GANNET , 11 KITTIWAKE, 7 RAZORMOT .

Beach/Rocks - 21 OYSTERCATCHER, 10 TURNSTONE, 7 DUNLIN

Viz mig- 2 SWALLOW, 3 PIED WAGTAIL, 43 MIPIT, 106 SKYLARK.

On S .M.Ley - 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 SWALLOW .

South Efford Marsh- LESSER YELLOWLEGS still showing well 

Moths - 14 of 2 species - 11 Large Wainscot, 3 Lunar Underwing.

WED 21 OCT 

A complete washout of a day with heavy rain from 05.00 until mid afternoon . Spent 2 hours from 09.20 back on Balcony Birdwatching ,- 27 species inc - 35 GOLDFINCH , 5 CHAFFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 

7 + CHIFFY , 2 FIELDFARE, 5 BLACKBIRD , 8 STARLING, 4 MIPIT, 

2 SKYLARK, 8 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 GREEN WOODY, 2 JAY, 1 GOLDCREST, 1 SNIPE, KESTREL , BUZZARD 

At South Efford Marsh Eric confirmed the LESSER YELLOWLEGS 

'still showing well from the hide 

Moths last night poor , trap soaking wet at 05.00 - 12 of 4 species , 

9 Large Wainscot, 1 Square Spot Rustic, 1 Vines Rustic, 

1 Green Brindled Crescent 

 

TUES 20 OCT 

A cloudy morning with a F6/7 SSW wind . Seawatch from 08.15-10.00.

615 GANNET ( almost a continuous stream , no large flocks ) ,

2 KITTIWAKE, 1 SANDWICH TERN , 1 BONXIE ( SE @ 09.50 ) 

3 MED GULL ( 2 1w , 1 2W ) 

Rocks / Beach - 37 OYSTERCATCHER, 5 TURNSTONE, 6 RINGED PLOVER , 1 GREY PLOVER.

Highlight of the morning at 09.35 pick up through the scope a very large Blue Fin Tuna jumping out of the water - first sighting of the large Mediterranean specie .

South Huish Marsh - 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 95 TEAL, 12 WIGEON, 100 + BLACK H GULL .

South Efford Marsh- THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS seen this morning , 

15 REDSHANK , 4 GREENSHANK, 100 TEAL, 4 MED GULL , 1 WATER PIPIT, 2 GOLDCREST 1 FIRECREST  1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 

Moths - did not trap last night , Richie brought over a Merveille du Jour- beautiful- photo on the 20 Sept page 

GREAT PHOTOSOF THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS AT SOUTH EFFORD MARSH FROM ALAN DOIDGE 

MON 19 OCT 

An overcast morning with a F3/4 SE wind . Seawatch from 08.20- 09.50 - not very good - 130 GANNET, 1 F WIGEON -SE , 

9 RAZORMOT-SE, 60 BLACK H GULL , 4AD 1 2W MED GULL -SE , 

1 PEREGRINE.

On rocks / beach 37 OYSTERCATCHER, 10 DUNLIN, 

Viz Mig - 2 LESSER REDPOLL, 35 MIPIT, 2 SKYLARK , 9 SISKIN , 

7 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 STONECHAT .

South Huish Marsh- 70 TEAL, 25 WIGEON , 30 MALLARD , 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

165 BLACK H GULL, 4 AD MED GULL , 500 + CANADA GOOSE .

South Efford Marsh- LESSER YELLOWLEGS still showing well .

Aveton Gifford - TREE CREEPER 

Moths - 48 of 10 species - 28 Large Wainscot ( highest day count so far ) , 12 Lunar Underwing, 1 Black Rustic , 1 Feathered Ranunculus, 

2 Setaceous Hebrew Charecter, 1 Autumnal Rustic, 1 Rustic , 

1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Brindled Ochre 

SUN 18 OCT 

A glorious sunny morning with only a very light SE breeze.Decided to do another viz mig watch from my favorite site at the back oh Church / Golf Course - 08.50- 11.30 -

11 BLACKBIRD, 1 SONG THRUSH, 3 REDWING, 67 GOLDFINCH, 12 GREENFINCH, 8 CHAFFINCH , 122 SKYLARK, only 12 MIPIT , 

2 STARLING, 2 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 GREAT SP WOODY 1 CHIFFY, 7 STONECHAT, 16 MALLARD -SE , 1 GREY PARTRIDGE ( 190 ) - flushed on way back got to be one of the BANTHAM Estate released birds .

A new record count for CANADA GOOSE - a total of 700 logged flying SE towards South Huish Marsh.

On South Efford Marsh the LESSER YELLOWLEGS showed well this morning, still 2 LAPWING.

MOTHS - 27 OF 7 species - 7 Lunar Underwing, 10 Large Wainscot, 

4 Red Line Quaker, 2 Black Rustic, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 

1 Angle Shades 

SAT 17 OCT 

A cloudy morning with light showers, wind F3/4 SE .

Seawatch 08.40- 10.00 & 11.20- 12.00 

116 GANNET, 1 SHAG , 31 CORMORANT, 1 DB BRENT GOOSE ,

1 LITTLE EGRET , 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET ( in off sea , picked up some way out , after passing Bolt Tail mobbed by several HERRING GULL , ) 2 RAZORMOT, 

Waders beach/rocks - 8DUNLIN , 5 RINGED PLOVER , 5 TURNSTONE 

10 OYSTERCATCHER 

VIZ MIG - 7 PIED WAGTAIL , 5 STONECHAT, 31 SKYLARK , 35 MIPIT 

136 CHAFFINCH ( flocks of 3x 30, 1x 40 between 11.00-11.45 ) .

South Huish Marsh - 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 HERON , 

11 WIGEON , 2 M GADWALL, 75 TEAL, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2 MED GULL 

South Efford Marsh - LESSER YELLOWLEGS still , 2 LAPWING, 

7 REDSHANK , 4 GREENSHANK, 60 TEAL , 3 CATTLE EGRET.

FRI 16 OCT 

Spent this morning walking from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam.

in the usual spot just before the dam at least 5 RING OUZELS - flew off around 12.15 .

on South Efford Marsh Eric confirmed the LESSER YELLOWLEGS showed well from 10.30 - 14.30 . Other waders same as previous days . Also 2 REED BUNTING & 2 GOLDCREST 

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 47 new birds inc - 30 CHIFFY, 

1 BLACKCAP, 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 LESSER REDPOLL, 1 GREAT SP WOODY, 1 GOLDCREST , 3 MIPIT 

Also on site - 6 REDWING , 1 FIELDFARE ( first of the autumn ), 

4 BULLFINCH , 1 SISKIN .

Today 43 moths of 9 species - 24 Lunar Underwing, 10 Large Wainscot, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Black Rustic , 1 Angle Shades, 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Brindled Ochre ( scarce in Devon - photo on Sept 2020 page 

2 Feathered Ranunculus 

THURS 15 OCT 

Another sunny morning with a cool NE F3 breeze .

My garden this morning - 07.20 a flock of 8 REDPOLL FLEW SE, at 12.55 heard and had brief views of a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER

( 189 ) - a garden tick .

08.20-11.00 Viz Mig watch on the golf course - 

112 SKYLARK , 50 MIPIT, 3 CHAFFINCH, 5 GOLDFINCH, 3 GREENFINCH, 2 BLACBIRD , 2 SONG THRUSH, 29 STARLING, 

4 STONECHAT , 1 GREAT SP WOODY, 2 CHIFFY, 6 LONG T TIT , 

2 SWALLOW . Offshore a feeding flock of 350 + GANNET ( near the Eddystone Lighthouse . Over 430 CANADA GEESE towards South Huish Marsh .

At South Efford Marsh the 1W LESSER YELLOWLEGS showed to a regular flow of visiting birders- last sighting at 17.00 , also on site -

4 GREENSHANK, 12 REDSHANK,  2 LAPWING, 2 DUNLIN , CURLEW, 2 SHELDUCK, 26 WIGEON , 2 STONECHAT. Late afternoon Rob & Steph Murphy had a flock of PIPIT fly in - included the first WATER PIPIT of the autumn.

50 moths of 6 species - 33 Lunar Underwing, 12 Large Wainscot, 

2 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Feathered Ranunculus.

Late news - report of a BRENT GOOSE on the sea off flats at South Huish 

WED 14 OCT

A sunny day with a brisk F5 NE wind - South Efford Marsh provide the first patch American wader this year - a LESSER YELLOW LEGS 
( 188 ) - found by Eric also seen by Rod and myself - spending a lot of time out of view in the right hand corner ( from the hide ) of the Marsh - my views this afternoon were spoilt by the sun - it was too far away to photo -  this is the 3rd for this site , the most recent being 19/20 SEPT 2019. Also - 4 GREENSHANK, 12 REDSHANK, 20 CURLEW, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 LITTLE GREBE, 8 LITTLE EGRET.

Early evening update from Richie - LESSER YELLOWLEGS SHOWED WELL BRIEFLY , ALSO A CATTLE EGRET 

Managed a short Viz Mig watch from 08.20- 10.10 at the back of the golf course - not as productive as previous ones but still interesting 

52 SKYLARK, 86 MIPIT, 32 GOLDFINCH, 6 CHAFFINCH, 8 SWALLOW, 

3 STARLING , 1 REDWING ( first autumn record of a winter finch ) 

1 MISTLE THRUSH -N , 1 CHIFFY .

Moths 25 of 3 species - 17 Lunar Underwing, 7 Large Wainscot, 

1 Black Rustic.


 

TUES 13 OCT 

A cloudy morning with frequent showers, wind NW F3/4 .

Seawatch from 08.30- 10.00 - 205 GANNET , 12 RAZORMOT, 

1 M COMMON SCOTER, 1 AD MED GULL , 1 PEREGRINE.

VIZ MIG - 35 MIPIT, 14 SKYLARK, 2 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 STONECHAT .

On South Huish Marsh- 35 TEAL, 2 WIGEON, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 570 CANADA GOOSE, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 2

1 F REED BUNTING, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 SPRAWK .

On South Efford Marsh- 60TEAL, 7 GREENSHANK , 4 REDSHANK , 28 CURLEW, 2 KINGFISHER, 11 LITTLE EGRET, 1 1W YELLOW L GULL . 

MOTHS - 29 of 3 species- 21 Lunar Underwing, 7 LARGE WAINSCOT, 1 Black Rustic.

 

MON 12 OCT 

A cloudy start with rain & poor viz setting in from 09.45 .Brisk SW F4/5 wind .

Back to seawatching today and counting GANNET - 08.20- 09.45 

530 GANNET -NW , 2 COMMON SCOTER, 3 WIGEON , 1 RED T DIVER 

( NW @ 09.20- first of the autumn ) 1 SANDWICH TERN, 2 MED GULL 

1 PEREGRINE FALCON.

On South Huish Marsh 09.50-11.15 - 35 TEAL , 1 SNIPE, 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 1 PEREGRINE FALCON, 

2 SWALLOW , 2 MED GULL ( 1 2W , 1 1w ) 60 + BLACK H GULL .

Moths - today 49 of 7 species-

34 Lunar Underwing, 9 Large Wainscot, 1 L Album Wainscot, 

2 Green Brindled Crescent, 1 Feathered Ranunculus, 1 Red Line Quaker, 1 Common Marbled Carpet.

SUN 11 OCT 

Another fine sunny morning so it was back to a viz mig watch at the back of the golf course- 08.10- 11.00 

170 MIPIT, 85 SKYLARK, 55 PIED WAGTAIL , 35 SISKIN , 71 LINNET, 9 GOLDFINCH, 11 STONECHAT , 1 DUNNOCK, 2 GREAT SP WOODY - N ( over the Avon Est ) 10 CHAFFINCH , 1 LAPWING ( N @ 09.35 ) , 1 WHEATEAR, 1 2W MED GULL .

Offshore - 35 GANNET , 2 RAZORMOT 

My garden - 1 GREEN WOODY.

Moths - 50 of 8 species - 33 Lunar Underwing, 12 Large Wainscot, 

1 Black Rustic , 1 Common Wainscot, 1 Brindled Green , 1 Green Brindled  Crescent, 1 Pink Barred Sallow, 1 Autumnal Rustic ( NFY) 

SAT 10 OCT -

Only news today from Eric who reported the waders were the same 

as. Friday - only additions were 22 SWALLOW & 15 MEADOW PIPIT .

Moth trap 36 of 8 species- 20 Lunar Underwing, 9 Large Wainscot, 

1 Black Rustic, 1 Rosy Rustic, 1 Chestnut (NFY ), 1 Red Line Quaker (NFY ) 2 Brindled Green ( NFY ), 2 Green Brindled Crescent ( NFY )

Have just posted some new moth photos on the September 2020 page .

FRI 9 OCT 

A fine sunny morning with a light NW breeze - another viz mig watch from the back of the golf course -8.15- 10.15

Best were 2 CROSSBILL ( 187 ) flew N at -8.20 ( first record since Oct 2016 ) 

242 SKYLARK ( largest flocks 27 &25 ), 125 MIPIT ( largest flock 27 & 11 ) , 5 CHAFFINCH, 68 GOLDFINCH, 9 LINNET , 6 PIED WAGTAIL, 6 STONECHAT, 1 WHEATEAR, 3 CHIFFY, 1 GOLDCREST . Amongst the 60 BLACK H GULL WERE 1 2W , 1 AD MED GULL .

The flocks of CANADA GOOSE flying to South Huish Marsh totalled 

460 .

Report from Yarmer Beach - 20 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE,

4 RINGED PLOVER 

On South Efford Marsh- 8 GREENSHANK , 4 REDSHANK , CURLEW, 

60 TEAL, 8 SWALLOW, 1 HOUSE MARTIN.

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 14 new birds inc- 1 BLACKCAP

3 CETTIS WARBLER, 8 CHIFFY, 1 MIPIT 

Good total of moths last night- 55 but only 8 species -

36 Lunar Underwing, 13 Large Wainscot ( 1 was 28cm ) 

1 Black Rustic, 1 Green Carpet .

 

 

THURS 8 OCT 

A drab wet early morning with a strong WSW F7 wind , poor viz 

offshore .

Seawatch from 08.20- 09.00 only 16 GANNET and a 1W MED GULL logged .

South Huish Marsh 09.10- 10.30- 25 TEAL, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 

1 AD 31W MED GULL , 1 RAVEN , 1 PEREGRINE. At least 22 SWALLOW .

8 TURNSTONE reported on Yarmer Beach .

WED 7 OCT 

Change of venue this morning - sunny with just a light W breeze , 

decided to do a Viz Mig watch from the back of the golf course from 

-8.30- 10.30 - surprisingly no HIRUNDINES recorded -

152 SKYLARK, 120 MIPIT, 12 PIED WAGTAIL , 10 GOLDFINCH , 

32 LINNET, 28 SISKIN , 1 CHAFFINCH , 1 GREEN WOODY - High 

all flying N .

In the hedges - 3 CHIFFY, 6 LONG T TIT, 4 BLACKBIRD, 

On the golf course - 4 WHEATEAR , 1 AD 31W MED GULLS .

225 CANADA GEESE flew S 

On South Efford Marsh- 5 REDSHANK , 2 GREENSHANK, 1 DUNLIN , 2 BLACK T GODWIT, 20 CURLEW , 2 STONECHAT , BULLFINCH .

Interesting moth trap last night - nothing at 22.00 but this morning 

33 of 5 species - 27 Lunar Underwing, 1 Snout , 1 Beaded Chestnut , 

2 Large Wainscot, 1 Pinio- streaked Snout , 1 Brown Spot Pinion 
( NFY ) 

 

TUES 6 OCT 

A brighter morning with no rain , wind W F8 /.

Seawatch 08.15- 09.45 - another poor log - 195 GANNET , 2 KITTIWAKE, 15 GREAT B B GULL, 7 RAZORMOT-SE , 1 GREY PLOVER -SE .

Golf course - 1 WHEATEAR , Rocks - 20 OYSTERCATCHER .

On South Huish Marsh- 35 TEAL, 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 28 GREAT B B GULL, 1 AD 3 1W MED GULL , 1 SPRAWK , 2 LITTLE EGRET.

Viz Mig - 12 MIPIT, 14 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 STONECHAT .

MON 5 OCT 

Another morning of cloud with frequent showers, poor viz offshore .

An hours Seawatch from 08.15 poor , only 23 GANNET , 17 CORMORANT, 1 1W MED GULL . 15 OYSTERCATCHER on rocks .

On South Huish Marsh- 3 WIGEON, 40 TEAL, 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 

9 SNIPE, 3 COMMON GULL ( 2 ad ), 2 ad 1 1w MED GULL, 

85 BLACK H GULL, 1 LESSER B B GULL, 2 LITTLE EGRET.

VIZ MIG - 21 SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 126 MIPIT , 37 SKYLARK, 1 TREE PIPIT, 1 WHEATEAR, 18 GOLDFINCH, 1 SPRAWK , 

15 PIED WAGTAIL.

Back of the Golf Course - 1 WHEATEAR, many MIPIT 

'At South Efford Marsh - GREENSHANK, REDSHANK, CURLEW, SHELDUCK , KINGFISHER , SONG THRUSH

 

SUN 4 OCT 

Only news for today - Eric reports from the carpark / sewage works 

at Aveton Gifford- 6 GOLDCREST, 1 FIRECREST, 1 MISTLE THRUSH 

SAT 3 OCT 

A morning of continuous heavy rain with a F5/7 NW wind .

Seawatch from -8.40- 11 .30 

185 GANNET, 24 COMMON SCOTER ( flocks of 12, 7 4 &1 ) -NW , 

9 MALLARD -NW , 1 1W MED GULL , 29 CORMORANT, 2 SHAG, 

6 RAZORMOT, 1 COMMIC TERN -SE 

Gulls in surrounding fields - 550 HERRING GULLS, 75 BLACK H GULL , 24 GREAT B B GULL .

Beach / rocks - 37 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 DUNLIN, 2 TURNSTONE .

VIZ MIG - 4 SWALLOW, 11 HOSE MARTIN , 4 PIED WAGTAIL, 9 MIPIT - all N 

FRI 2 OCT 

A stormy morning with heavy rain and a NNE F8/9 Wind .

Seawatch from 08.15- 11 45- Poor viz at times , complete log of the morning -.

78 GANNET, 2 MED GULL, 70 BLACK H GULL , 37 HERRING GULL, 11 GREAT B B GULL , 8 CORMORANT , 2 SHAG, 10 PINTAIL -NW, 

7 MALLARD, 2 SANDWICH TERN, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

Viz mig- 24 SWALLOW -N , 15 HOUSE MARTIN -N , 1 SISKIN -N, 

1 GOLDFINCH -S , 3 PIED WAGTAIL -N , 1 GREY WAGTAIL -N ,

3 MIPIT -N 

On the rocks - 44 OYSTERCATCHER.

On the Golf Course a report from John of a WHEATEAR .

Richie at South Huish Marsh - 4 SAND MARTIN .

THURS 1 OCT 

A sunny morning with aW 4/5 wind . Seawatch 08.15- 09.30.

200GANNET -NW , 18 KITTIWAKE-NW, 1 JUV ARCTIC SKUA-NW @ o8.35, 5 RAZORMOT-SE 

On Beach/Rocks- 1 DUNLIN , 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

VIZ MIG - 30 MIPIT, 1 SISKIN , 5 SKYLARK, 23 SWALLOW , 

1 SAND MARTIN , 1 CHAFFINCH, 2 LINNET .

South Huish Marsh - 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 20 TEAL, 5 MALLARD , 1 KESTREL, 5 MUTE SWAN , 4 BUZZARD, 7 MED GULL , 1 1W COMMON GULL, 2 CHIFFY, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 STONECHAT, 18 PIED WAGTAIL, RAVEN 

JOHNS garden - TAWNY OWL , SISKIN , 

My garden - 3 GREENFINCH, 1 GREEN WOODY

Around Aveton Gifford Eric reports - NUTHATCH, 2 BLACKCAP, 

GREAT SP WOODY, JAY, COAL TIT, LONG T TIT .

WED 30 SEPT 

A cloudy morning with a few showers until 10.45 when heavy rain and poor viz set in , wind SSW F6 increasing 8 .

Seawatch from 08.10- 10.40 - 765 GANNET - SE, 23 KITTIWAKE-SE

7 SANDWICH TERN-SE, 2 MED GULL - 1 ad, 1 1w , 1 RAVEN .

At South Huish Marsh- 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 DUNLIN, 20 TEAL , 1 SHOVELER, 1 1W MED GULL , 22 SWALLOW

What is likely to be the last moth trap for some days , last night only

9 of 6 species - 4 Lunar Underwing, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Beaded Chestnut, 1 Square Spot Rustic, 1 Common Wainscot, 1 Pinion Streaked Snout - NFY 

TUES 29 SEPT 

The last , for a while , of recent sunny mornings with just a light breeze. Joined by Graham Daw today - unfortunately for Graham a quit morning 

Seawatch 08.45 for an hour - 75 GANNET , 2 RAZORMOT, LATER AT12.00 a SANDWICH TERN in the bay .

At South Huish Marsh - 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 4 SNIPE , 20 TEAL

3 STONECHAT, 1 JUV YELLOW WAGTAIL., 20 ALBA WAGTAIL 

Viz Mig - poor - 55 SWALLOW, 3 SKYLARK, 1 SISKIN , 14 MIPIT, 1 PIED WAGTAIL.

At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 36new birds inc - 20 CHIFFY, 

3 GOLDCREST, 5 MIPIT , 1 WATER RAIL . Also on site - 3 + WATER RAIL , 3 M CETTIS WARBLER, 5 SKYLARK, 5 JAY , 10 SWALLOW 

Moths last night very poor only 7 of 4 species - 3 Lunar Underwing, 

1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Square Spot Rustic, 2 Common Wainscot.

looks like tonight could be the last trapping night for a while .

Interesting to find that Portland Obs had a total of 119 BALEARIC SHEARWATER logged yesterday - nice to find another site commenting on how unusual this was .

MON 28 SEPT 

 A cloudy morning with only a light breeze . Seawatch 08.05 - 10.15 

435 GANNET , 45 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( flocks of 12 & 22 ) an unusually large count at this time of the year , 12 RAZORMOT-SE, 1 AD MED GULL, 5 COMMON SCOTER, 1 TEAL, 

On the rocks- 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER.

Vis Mig - 7 PIED WAGTAIL, 10 MIPIT, 4 SKYLARK, 5 SWALLOW , 

5 LINNET .

Report received of a SPOONBILL flying into South Efford Marsh this afternoon, still present at 17.30 - first record since 1 in the spring 

Moths 22 of 7 species - 9 Lunar Underwing, 8 Large Wainscot, 

1 Rosy Rustic, 1 Double Striped Pug, 1 Crescent Dart, 1 Green Carpet , 1 Beaded Chestnut ( first of the autumn moths _- NFY ) 

LATE NEWS - Report ( supported with photos ) of a WHITE STORK 

on farmland only a few miles outside the patch at Ringmore - will be out looking in the morning 

SUN 27 SEPT 

A sunny morning , cool early, F4 N wind 

1 hour Seawatch from 08.15 - 90 GANNET, 12 TEAL -NW , 

1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( NW 09.05 ) , 28 RAZORMOT-SE , 

2 GUILLEMOT - on sea, 12 MED GULL , 5 KITTIWAKE.

Viz mig - 112 MIPIT, 12 SKYLARK, 3 SISKIN, 1 GOLDFINCH, 

12 PIED WAGTAIL all N , 15 SWALLOW .

The outlet pipe at South Huish Marsh is blocked so water levels rising - no mud .2 WIGEON, 15 TEAL , 4 MED GULL , 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODY .

1 GREEN WOODY over my garden .

Moths - only 9 of 6 species - 4 Large Wainscot, 1 Light Emerald , 1 Rosy Rustic, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, , 1 Lunar Underwing, 

1 Delicate 

SAT 26 SEPT 

Only bird news is fro Eric who had 8 SISKIN over his garden this morning .

Interesting moths this morning only 16 of 9 species-

3 Rosy Rustic, 4 Large Wainscot, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 

2 Lunar Underwing, 1 Squre Spot Rustic, 1 Small Square Spot ,

1 Black Rustic, 1 Feathered Ranunculus- NFY , 1 Crescent Dart 

FRI 25 SEPT 

After heavy rain o/night a sunny morning with an F5 NNW wind .

Seawatch 08.00- -9.30 - 180 GANNET , 1 AD MED GULL , 

7 RAZORMOT-SE, 1 GUILLEMOT ( on sea )

Beaches - 3 RINGED PLOVER , 6 DUNLIN , 17 OYSTERCATCHER.

VIZ MIG - All N - 1 REDPOLL ( 186 ) - flew over calling at 08.40 , 

35 MIPIT, 4 SKYLARK , 1 WHEATEAR, 2 STONECHAT, 8 SWALLOW 

On South Huish Marsh - 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT 2 WIGEON , 

20 TEAL, 2 AD 2 2W MED GULL 

THURS 24 SEPT 

After a stormy and wet night dry until 10.15 when heavy rain set in , WSW F6/8 wind .

Seawatch 08.00- 10.15 - 440 GANNET , 14 KITTIWAKE, 3 AD MED GULL -SE , 1 BONXIE -SE ( 08.05 ) 6 RAZORMOT, 4 COMMON SCOTER-SE .

Beach - 24 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 DUNLIN, 2 TURNSTONE.

On South Huish Marsh- 8 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 DUNLIN, 

20 TEAL, 1 JUV SHOVELER, 2 MED GULL ( 1 ad 1 1w ), 2 1w COMMON GULL, 3 SWALLOW 

WED 23 SEPT 

A cloudy and wet morning - rained until 10.30 .Spent the morning from 08.15 overlooking South Huish Marsh-

13 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 GREY PLOVER, 31 DUNLIN, 5 SNIPE , 

26 TEAL, 2 WIGEON, 1 JUV SHOVELER, 1 1W COMMON GULL , 

8 MED GULL ( 2 ad , 1 2W, 5 1w ), 1 SPRAWK, 9 SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 30 MIPIT, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL.

Beach - 17 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER.

Offshore 10.45-1130 - 40 GANNET , 3 COMMON SCOTER -SE .

NO MOTHS 

TUES 22. SEPT 

Cloudy morning , offshore mist light breeze .15 species of wader recorded on the patch today 

Morning spent around South Huish Marsh - at -8.00 a report of 2 STONE CURLEW flying and calling appeared to land in a ploughed field behind the thatched cottage - walked around the field- 3 juv GREY PLOVER , 3 WHEATEAR, 20 MIPIT , 10 MED GULL ( 2ad, 4 2W , 4 1w ) 2 SKYLARK . At -9.55 picked up 1 in flight also calling could not see which field it landed in . This is the second patch record this year .

On the Marsh - 43 DUNLIN , 16 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER, 1 LITTLE STINT, 11 SNIPE , 1 JUV SHOVELER, 

2 WIGEON , 1 SHELDUCK 18 TEAL, 1 WHEATEAR , passage of SWALLOW 350 + 

Evening report from Alan - only 3 DUNLIN , 1 HOBBY, 1 KINGFISHER 

3 YELLOW WAGTAIL 

On the beach -23 DUNLIN , 1 SANDERLING ,5 RINGED PLOVER , 

4 TURNSTONE.

On South Efford Marsh - 8 DUNLIN , 9 REDSHANK, 5 GREENSHANK, 

2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 32 CURLEW.

Moths - 42 of 14 species - 2 Willow Beauty, 2 Light Emerald, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Rosy Rustic, 10 Large Wainscot, 3 Common Wainscot, 8 Square Spot Rustic , 3 Setaceous Hebrew Charecter, 

1 Small Square Spot, 4 Snout, 1 Double Striped Pug, 2 Lunar Underwing,1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1 Common Marbled Carpet.

 

MON 21 SEPT 

 Beautiful sunny day with calm conditions - Walked from the Church around the Golf Course to Yarmer Beach .07.45- 10.00 .

185 SWALLOW -S , only 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 10 WHEATEAR, 

25 SKYLARK, 15 MIPIT, 10 STONECHAT, 1 PIED WAGTAIL , 

1 WHITETHROAT, 10 GANNET, 4 SANDERLING, 4 DUNLIN, 

18 RINGED PLOVER, 2 TURNSTONE, 20 OYSTERCATCHER.

Drove over to the ploughed fields at Huxton Cross 10.15- 10.45

( farmer spraying so could only watch from th side ) 

70 SWALLOW -S, 10 WHEATEAR, 2 STONECHAT, 10 PIED WAGTAIL ,10 LINNET, 2 STONECHAT.

At South Huish Marsh / Beach Dave P reported - 1 LITTLE STINT, 

1 CURLEW SANDPIPER, 15 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, DUNLIN , RINGED PLOVER , TURNSTONE, 2 WHEATEAR.

Day total of 22 WHEATEAR is a good autumn count .

Moths Trap - 64 of 19 species -

4 Willow Beauty, 4 Brimstone, 7 Light Emerald, 13 Large Wainscot,

1 Small Wainscot, 2 Common Wainscot, 1 Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 3 Large Yellow Underwing, 

1 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing, 9 Square Spot Rustic, 

1 Rosy Rustic, 2 Snout, 6 Small Square Spot, 3 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Green Carpet , 1 Portland Ribbon Wave ( NFY ) .

Alan ringing at South Milton Ley- 123 new birds -15 BLACKCAP, 14 MIPIT,,63 CHIFFY, 3 REED WARBLER,1 SEDGE WARBLER,

2 GOLDCREST,1 CETTIS WARBLER,13 BLUE TIT .On site a WATER RAIL .

Report from Alan- evening SH Marsh - 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 

1 Little Stint , 1 Yellow wagtail.

SUN 20 SEPT 

Started overcast , light shower, wind NE F4/5 .

Bay watched 07.45-10.45 - 11 species of wader recorded.

Offshore - 190 GANNET, 5 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 5 RAZORBILL, 

4 LITTLE EGRET- IN OFF .

Beach -20 DUNLIN, 3 SANDERLING, 1 KNOT, 11 RINGED PLOVER, 

9 TURNSTONE, 19 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHEATEAR .

South Huish Marsh - 15 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER, 1 JUV GREY PLOVER, 1 LITTLE STINT, 15 DUNLIN, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 5 SNIPE, 25 TEAL , 1 JUV SHOVELER, 4 LITTLE 

EGRET

VIZ MIG - 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 6 PIED WAGTAIL, 5 MIPIT, 440 

SWALLOW -S ( in 1 hour ).

Huxton Cross - 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, SKYLARK , LINNET , 1 RINGED PLOVER.

Moths 82 of 26 species - 4 Brimstone, 3 Light Emerald, 1 Flounced Rustic, 4 Setaceous Hebrew Charecter, 1 Silver Y, 1 Burnished Brass 

13 Square Spot Rustic, 7 Small Square Spot, 1 Willow Beauty, 7 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 10 Large Wainscot. 8 Common Wainscot, 2 Vines Rustic , 1 Rosy Rustic, 

3 Garden Carpet, 3 Green Carpet, 1 Common Carpet, 1 Delicate, 

1 Frosted Orange, 3 Angle Shades, 2 Snout, 1 Bloxworth Snout ( NFY ), 1 Double Striped Pug, 1 Lunar Underwing 

Photos on the new page - 14 Sept 

SAT 19 SEPT 

An overcast morning with an F4 NE wind .

Bay watched 10.00-11.40- Offshore - 2 feeding flocks of GANNET totalling 330 .

Beach - 40 DUNLIN , 6 TURNSTONE, 3 SANDERLING, 5 RINGED PLOVER, 1 WHEATEAR.

South Huish Marsh - 15 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,7 DUNLIN , 2 SNIPE , 20 TEAL, 1 JUV SHOVELER, 1 AD MED GULL , 2 HERON , 4 LITTLE EGRET. At 11.00 a nice juv LITTLE STINT flew in , only 2 SWALLOW , 

50 + LINNET .

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports- 25 DUNLIN , 7 GREENSHANK, 5 REDSHANK, 19 CURLEW, 32 TEAL 

Moths - 33 of 13 species - the CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH still in the garden , 5 Large Wainscot, 5 Common Wainscot, 1 Rusty Dot Pearl, 7 Square Spot Rustic, 2 Black Rustic ( NFY ) ,1 Light Emerald , 

4 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1 Least 

Yellow Underwing, 1 Small Square Spot, 2 Snout, 1 Lunar Underwing 

FRI 18 SEPT- CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH 

FRI 18 SEPT - WADERS ON THE KELP-KNOT, DUNLIN , SANDERLING RINGED PLOVER

 

A sunny morning with a brisk F7 E wind .

Bay watched 07.50- 11.10 

Offshore - 100 GANNET , 5 RAZORMOT -SE , 1 GOLDEN PLOVER ( 185 ) & 2 CURLEW - all straight up the valley , 2 WIGEON (onto Marsh ) 1 HOBBY .

Beaches - 24 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 KNOT , 8 RINGED PLOVER, 6 TURNSTONE, 5 SANDERLING, 39 DUNLIN, 2 WHEATEAR ( John had 10 on the Golf Course around Warren Pt ) 

 

Viz Mig - 120 SWALLOW, 30 HOUSE MARTIN, 4 SISKIN , 39 MIPIT , 

5 PIED WAGTAIL.

On South Huish Marsh - 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 SNIPE, 2 DUNLIN, 32 TEAL, 30 PIED WAGTAIL.

Moths - only 15 of 11 species - too windy , however a superb 

CONVOLVULUS HAWK MOTH ( NFY ) - one of the largest moths with a wing span of 50-55 mm - an immigrant from S Europe or North Africa , also - 1 Common Wainscot, 2 Large Wainscot, 4 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Broard Bordered Yellow Underwing, 1 Snout, 2 Brimstone, 1 Burnished Brass , 1 Small Square Spot , 1 Square Spot Rustic, 1 Lunar Underwing.

 

THURS 17 SEPT 

Started cloudy with a sunny morning from 10.00, brisk F7 ENE Wind .Bay watched 07.50-11.00 - offshore - 205 GANNET , 3 FULMAR, 2 TEAL ( on sea ) , 6 RAZORMOT.

Viz Mig - 225 SWALLOW , 140 HOUSE MARTIN , 6 SAND MARTIN , 

11 MIPIT, 11 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 2 WHEATEAR.

On the rocks / beaches - 4 TURNSTONE, 55 DUNLIN , 10 RINGED PLOVER, 5 SANDERLING, 1 BAR T GODWIT, 10 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh - A small flock of 10 WIGEON ( normally October before this number here ) , 30 TEAL , 1 juv SHOVELER.  

6 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER, 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 

3 MED GULL . An earlier report of 20 BLACK TAILED GODWIT and 2CURLEW SANDPIPER 

At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 5 GREENSHANK , 7 REDSHANK ,

25 CURLEW , 12 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER.

Moths 42 of 17 species - 3 Angle Shades, 1 Double Striped Pug, 

7 Large Wainscot, 1 Common Wainscot, 2 Rosy Rustic , 2 Snout , 

1 Dusky Thorn , 2 Vines Rustic, 1 Silver Y, 1 Vestal , 1 Willow Beauty 

1 Lunar Underwing, 2 Flounced Rustic, 1 Flame Shoulder, 

4 Setaceous Hebrew Charecter, 7 Small Square Spot, 5 Square Spot Rustic, Of interest 3 Rusty Dot Pearl ( a micro moth from France ) 

'Last night whilst ringing at South Milton Ley Dave Scott had a Swallow roost in excess of 10, 000 !

 

Record shots of the Juv GLOSSY IBIS on South Huish Marsh  4/9

OSPREY over the River Avon 22 AUG 

CREAM SPOTTED TIGER , PIED FLYCATCHER, WHINCHAT - 

19 MAY 2020

MON 9 MAR- PATCH FIRST !

Started with some bright periods clouded over by 10.30 with heavy rain from 11.30 

From 11.30 sat in the rear gate of my car searching through Gulls which were coming into the Marsh for a easy and preen - at one point I had 70 BLACK HEADED GULL WITH 5 MED GULL ( 3ad 1 2W 

1 1w ) , at 12.15 picked up a smaller gull on the main lake - spooked by 2 squabbling Coot - very brief views indicated a Little Gull , at 12.35 found it again on the small flooded pool- took me a few minutes to confirm my immediate thoughts- ROSS'S GULL - A

a patch life tick - only previous sighting was at the Exe Estuary a few years ago .

Bird was showing well until around 15.00 when I had to leave - seen by around 10 local birders .

In very poor light a few of my photos below - this ranks alongside the Desert Wheatear in Nov 2016 .

This is what local patch birding is all about , hours spent just 

looking at the Gulls does bring its rewards 

Colour ringed RINGED PLOVER at South Huish Marsh 16 Feb 

also what is now a lake 

Record shots of EGYPTIAN GOOSE , EIDER , GREEN WINGED TEAL 

TAKEN IN S E CORNWALL 8 JAN 2020

Recent shots - RINGED PLOVER , BLACK H GULL , GANNETS 

2 RECORD SHOTS OF THE MALE RED B MERGANSER THIS MORNING 

BLACK TAILED GODWIT, KNOT,

SAT 26 OCT 

 Richie had an OSPREY fly in off the sea at South Huish Marsh, 

3 RINGED PLOVER on the Marsh , 4TURNSTONE  on the rocks .

Earlier in the week Alan had a STORM PETREL in the Bay .

On Thursday Eric had a BLACK REDSTART by his garden 

Photo of today's OSPREY 

LONG BILLED DOWITCHER- much brighter one is Alan’s 

Record shots of the LESSER YELLOWLEGS - first 3 by Richie Moore 

2 POOR & Cropped record shots of the WRYNECK 

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 

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 

WADERS ON THE BEACH 7 MAY - WHIMBREL, SANDERLING , DUNLIN , BAR TAILED GODWIT 

FOR A CLEARER IMAGE PRESS ON THE PHOTO 

PHOTOS FROM Alan & Richie of WHIMBREL& BLACK TAILED GODWIT  & DUNLIN RINGED PLOVER,LITTLE RINGED PLOVER 

Record shots of RED RUMPED SWALLOW at Torpoint 12 Dec 

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

Latest images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE provided by Steve Hopper 

A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER 

PHOTOS OF 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