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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Have posted an Annual Review for 2016 which can be accessed by clicking the link or via the appropriate heading in the Menu above
The FEBRUARY review has been posted and I have transferred the FEBRUARY sightings to the archive 2017 section .
Have retained a lot of photos from the last 3 years at the end of this months report 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
FRI 19 MAY
Another very nice sunny and calm morning , resulting in a lot less waders .
On the beaches - 10 WHIMBREL, 3 SANDERLING, 5 DUNLIN,
6 OYSTERCATCHER . Offshore only 3 GANNET and a FULMAR
Another short visit to Buckland valley produced - GREAT SP WOODY, 2 GOLDCREST ( carrying food ) 3 CHIFFY, BLACKCAP . One of the local residents confirmed he heard a CUCKOO 30 /4 & 1/5.
On South Efford Marsh Eric reports 2 CURLEW and a CATTLE EGRET . Also confirmation of a CUCKOO calling last week .
On South Huish marsh ( after the rain showers ) at 16.00 just
THURS 18 MAY
At last a change in the weather to sunshine with a light WNW wind .
Main interest was the waders on the beaches -
22 OYSTERCATCHER, 7 WHIMBREL, 41 SANDERLING ( highest spring count for some years ) , 13 DUNLIN, 18 TURNSTONE
( many in s/pl , highest May count )
1 REDSHANK, 1 BAR T GODWIT .
Offshore - 10 GANNET, 10 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 FULMAR,
11 COMMON SCOTER - flew east, 6 SHELDUCK flew west ( not local birds - well out.)
A short visit to Buckland Valley - GOLDCREST, BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, GARDEN WARBLER, 3 CHIFFY and a RED L PARTRIDGE
At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - NUTHATCH, SPOTTED FLY, GOLDCREST
WED 17 MAY
Yet another day of heavy rain until 16.00. Went over to South Huish marsh this morning to see if any waders had been grounded-
6 s/pl DUNLIN feeding and 2 CATTLE EGRET ( first for a few days )The male GARGANEY reported at 16.30
At 16.35 had an hours seawatch from the car park - 20 GANNET and 66 MANX SHEARWATER logged all east
Over Thurlestone Marsh 20 SWIFT and 20 HOUSE MARTIN
TUES 16 MAY
Another miserable morning - 100% cloud , light showers , wind SSW F 3/4 , poor viz offshore .
Seawatch from 07.25-10.05- almost all birds flying west made it difficult to pick them up as they came round Bolt tail , also quite a swell .Totals logged -
60 GANNET , 1 POMARINE SKUA ( flew west at 07.40 ), 4 MANX SHEARWATER , 4 COMMIC TERN - west , 5 SANDWICH TERN - east, 4 FULMAR
At South Huish Marsh no sign of - Avocet, Garganey or Cattle Egret
MON 15 MAY
A miserable wet and windy day - rain did not clear until 12.00.
turned out to be a very poor day for seawatching -
07.45 - 09.45 20 GANNET, 6 WHIMBREL
13.35-16.00 75 GANNET, 1 FULMAR, 1 SHELDUCK, 10 GUILLEMOT ( on sea )
No other reports rec'd
SUN 14 MAY
A sunny morning with a brisk F5 SW wind - joined by Bob Chris Graham and Terry .
Waders on the beach/rocks - 10 SANDERLING, 4 WHIMBREL,
6 TURNSTONE .
SEAWATCHING produced -60 GANNET, 4 FULMAR, 10 KITTIWAKE,
4 MANX SHEARWATER. SKUAS limited to - 2 ARCTIC ( east at 09.30,
2 POMARINE ( east at 12.40 ).over 60 AUKS on the sea in flocks of upto 15.
5 WHITETHROAT around the patch .
On South Huish Marsh - The AVOCET and m GARGANEY still showing well . The AVOCET is now the longest staying bird for the patch .Also- 1f WHEATEAR, 1 2s MED GULL, 1 SPARROWHAWK , 2 SWIFT .
The weather conditions for Monday morning look interesting , if the rain eases off around 10am and with a F7/8 SSW wind could be some SKUAS
SAT 13 MAY
Started with high cloud which cleared by 08.30 , good offshore viz , wind SW F3/4
Another early start , sewatching from Bobs car park from 06.55-09.15 totals logged -
155 GANNET, 32 KITTIWAKE, 4 BLACK H GULL , 2 MED GULL,
4 COMMON GULL, 5 COMMON TERN.Singles of ARCTIC SKUA dp
( 07.40 ), BONXIE (09.10 ) both east ., 3 MANX SHEARWATER-east, 8 FULMAR, . A PUFFIN ( east close inshore at 07.50 ), also 24 RAZORBILL, 8 GUILLEMOT ( on sea )
Only Waders - 6 WHIMBREL, 1 BAR T GODWIT . A CATTLE EGRET flew east
Information rec'd from Mark Bailey- On South Huish marsh the AVOCET and male GARGANEY still . He had c 50 GANNET, 1 FULMAR and a BONXIE flew east at 10.05
At South Efford Marsh Eric had 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL , in the village the first SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (180 ) of the year
CYPRUS REPORT MARCH 2017
Have just posted a full report on our visit to this fantastic bird island in March 2017
Reports rec'd whilst I was in Spain- from Bob ,Terry , Eric and James
FRI 5 MAY - 12 TURNSTONE, 12 BAR T GODWIT , 57 GREY PLOVER ( many in full s/p )- a site day record .,30 DUNLIN,
2 SANDERLING, 2 SHOVELER and a HOBBY ( in off ), 30 SWIFT
SAT 6 MAY - 1 GREENSHANK, 2 GREY PLOVER, 10 TURNSTONE,
2 WHIMBREL, 7 SANDWICH TERN1m WHINCHAT
SUN 7 MAY - 1m WHINCHAT, 1 GREENSHANK, 15 COMMON SCOTER
TUES 10 MAY - James had 3 AVOCET briefly on the Marsh late morning .
WED 11 MAY - 1 AVOCET, 1 f YELLOW WAGTAIL .
At South Efford Marsh -1 MED GULL, 1 HOBBY, RINGED PLOVER, GREENSHANK, DUNLIN.
FRI 12 MAY
A cloudy morning with some light showers , offshore viz quite good , wind SE F3/4
After reports yesterday of Skuas further up the coast decided I needed an early start ( for me ) and put in a few hours seawatch - In Bobs car park for 07.25 . Watched until 10.30 . 2 Adult POMARINE SKUA ( 178 ) flew east at 08.40 and 09.35 - spoons on show! - the 2nd one seen by Bob and Terry as well . Also logged - 50 GANNET, 17 COMMON SCOTER, 2 FULMAR, 1 GREAT N DIVER ( east at 09.10 )11 KITTIWAKE, 7 SANDWICH TERN, 2 COMMON TERN, 4 RAZORBILL .21 WHIMBREL
No sighting of the Purple Heron today - but on South Huish Marsh a m GARGANEY was a new arrival , 1 AVOCET ( still ) 1 TREE PIPIT, 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1f BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL ( 179 ), only 1 CATTLE EGRET, a few SWIFT , REED and SEDGE WARBLER
late news from Doug Stannard - at 17.00 3 ARCTIC SKUA - all light phase flew east , also 1 SANDERLING
THURS 11 MAY
A cloudy day with poor offshore viz , E f3/4 wind
having arrived home at 03.45 managed to be looking at South Huish marsh by 11.00- 1 AVOCET, 4 DUNLIN, 3 WHIMBREL,
3 CATTLE EGRET, 1f YELLOW WAGTAIL, 20 SAND MARTIN , 30 SWALLOW, 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWIFT . 3 WHITETHROAT, 2 SEDGE WARBLER .2f YELLOW WAGTAIL
Offshore in 45min from 12.00 - 12 COMMON SCOTER , 40 GANNET, 1 GULIIEMOT ( on SEA )
At 18.30 a call from Nick - James & Julia had watched a PURPLE HERON ( 177 ) fly onto the Marsh . Managed to get some very good views between 18,45 - 19.15 at the back of the marsh ,. Continues the almost annual records for the site in the last few years .
Whilst i was away enjoying the delights of Spain - Bob , Terry Nick and james reported -
Friday 5 May - Strong E winds produced a record count of 57 GREY PLOVER ( many in full summer age ) 20 DUNLIN,
12 TURNSTONE ,12 BAR T GODWIT, 2 SANDERLING, WHIMBREL,, 2 SHOVELER and a HOBBY .
On SATURDAY 6 MAY - 1 GREENSHANK, 2 GREY PLOVER,
2 WHIMBREL, 10 TURNSTONE, 1m WHINCHAT
WED 10 MAY
MIXED DAY OF WEATHER , spells of heavy rain , strong winds , spent the morning seawatching off the balcony , very different than THURLESTONE .
In just over 3hrs logged 225 GANNET , could not pick up any SKUAS, however 2 flocks of FLAMINGO totalling 85 flew south. A mixed flock of 90 WHIMBREL and BAR T GODWIT also flew south . Around 20 SANDWICH TERN and 5 LITTLE TERN . Waders etc in the estuary - TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, RINGED PLOVER, WHIMBREL, 4 SPOONBILL. The Herony /Egret colony was well in excess of 150 birds.
In the scrub area beyond the hotel - 9 AZURE WINGED MAGPIE, 5 HOOPOE, SERIN , SARDINIAN WARBLER, amongst over 500 Hirundines were 2 RED RUMPED SWALLOW. And a new bird for the trip WREN finishing with a total of 120 species .
A very enjoyable holiday in a quiet location with some very good sites to visit
TUES 9 MAY
LAST FULL DAY _ no car so only local watching - plenty to see , only 1 addition to the trip list - on the beach 2 KENTISH PLOVER , so now 119 species
MON 8 MAY
Spent the day driving around areas of COTO DONANA that we had not previously visited - due to lack of signposts and inadequate maps did not visit as many places as intended .
sorry about break in update - Anne fell and split the back of her head open , so it was off to the local hospital for checks and stitches !.
Back to the trip report - Raptors were the main event - at least 20 BLACK KITE , 5 LESSER KESTREL , 1 KESTREL, 3 M BOOTED EAGLE,
1 GRIFFON VULTURE , WADERS - 6 COLLARED PRATINCOLE, 20 AVOCET , 40 GLOSSY IBIS , 30 BLACK W STILT . Others - 8 WOODCHAT SHRIKE , 1SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE 3 GREAT REED WARBLER , 10 RED RUMPED SWALLOW , 2 SHOVELER , RAVEN , GOLDEN ORIOLE ,WHITETHROAT . AT 22.00 ONE call of a RED NECKED NIGHTJAR off the balcony .
trip list now 118
SUN 7 MAY
ANother fabulous day in this part of Spain , best bird of the trip was on our balcony at 21.00 , a lifer - RED NECKED NIGHTJAR , Both seen and heard calling - WOW
Spent the morning with another visit to the ODIEL MARSHERS - significant difference in birds logged
450 RINGED PLOVER, 600+ DUNLIN ,50 GREY PLOVER, 20 TURNSTONE ,
150 SANDERLING , 5 KNOT, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 LITTLE STINT , 20 TURNSTONE
BEST Birds of the morning =- 5 CASPIAN TERN , , only 5 LITTLE TERN. 6 SANDWICH TERN , 6 SHELDUCK, 800 +FLAMINGO , 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET , 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL INC A SPANISH WAGTAIL - MALE , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL , RAPTORS - 4 OSPREY, 2M MARSH HARRIER ., 1M 1F MONTAGU'S HARRIER , 1 LESSER KESTREL., 1M BOOTED EAGLE .
TRIP LIST NOW UP TO 108
Sat 6 MAY EL ROMBIDO UPDATE
Situated in the South West corner of Spain does not appear to be regularly visited by many U.K. birders
On Friday our first visit away from the hotel - El PORTIL LAKE - plenty of water so no waders but did pick up - G C GREBE , LITTLE GREBE , GADWALL, POCHARD , RED CREASTED POCHARD COOT , MOORHEN , surprise was watching a CRESTED TIT only feet away ., 2 GARGANEY flew over .
Next visit to the ODIELMARSHES - a fabulous site , first time we have visited in Spring -still plenty of birds to see - 100+ LITTLE TERN , 10 SANDWICH TERN , 2 COMMON TERN , 800+ FLAMINGO , plenty of waders many in summer plumage - 50 SANDERLING , 300 DUNLIN, 25 BLACK WINGED STILT, 75 CURLEW SANDPIPER., 10 LITTLE STINT , 50 RINGED PLOVER , 10 REDSHANK, 4 WHIMBREL , 1 CURLEW, 50 GREY PLOVER, 1 BAR T GODWIT, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER. 14 AUDOINS GULL , 4 LESSER B B GULL , A pair of OSPREY ON NEST , MARSH HARRIER , HOBBY , BUZZARD , 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 3 FAN T WARBLER , 1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, CORN BUNTING , PALLID SWIFT , WHITE WAGTAIL
BACK AT THE HOTEL - OFFSHORE 3 GANNET , HOOPOE , HOBBY AND 2 M SPANISH SPARROW .
SAT 6 MAY -If yesterday was good today was beyond all expectations , a visit to COTO DONANA - LA ROCINA ( still a cowboy town ) The Marsh - a breeding colony of - NIGHT HERON , CATTLE EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS ( 60+ ) , 20 SPOONBILL, 20 LITTLE EGRET , 30 GREYLAG GOOSE , 20 RED C POCHARD , 6 POCHARD , 3 WHISKERED TERN, 1 GULL BILLED TERN , BLACK TERN, 2 COLLARD PRATINCOLE ( one of my birds to see ) many hirundines inc 4 RED R SWALLOW , WARBLERS - 4 GREAT REED . , REED , NIGHTINGALE, SAVIS ( heard ) , 1 GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO, 5 COMMON WAXBILL ,MARSH HARRIER , 6 BLACK KITE
next stop La Rocina - 1 SPOTTED FLY , 2 TREE SPARROW, CHAFFINCH,20 BEE EATER , 8 NIGHTINGALE, 3 WOODCHAT SHRIKE , AND FINALLY on the way back 15 PIN TAILED SANDGROUSE
THE TRIP LIST NOW UP TO 100 and still 4 days to go
EL ROMBIDO UPDATE
Have a great view from the balcony of the estuary, spent some time today but turned cloudy with a brisk SW wind - highlights of the 43 species logged so far - OSPREY, LITTLE TERN , COMMON TERN , SANDWICH TERN , 6 FLAMINGO , 2 WHITE STORK , 3 BEE EATER , 9 AZURE WINGED MAGPIE ,
SERIN , TAWNY PIPIT, CRESTED LARK, ORPHEAN WARBLER, SARDINIAN WARBLER, 5 HOOPOE, CETTIS WARBLER,BLACK WINGED STILT,.
WADERS on the beach -SANDERLING, OYSTERCATCHER, RINGED PLOVER, DUNLIN,.
BIG SURPRISE WAS TO FIND A LARGE EGRET/ HERONRY - at least 70 CATTLE EGRET, 15 LITTLE EGRET, 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET , 10 HERON
Pick a car up in the morning off to El Portal pool and then the Odell Marshes
TUES 2 MAY.
Although a cloudy morning still felt cool in a brisk E wind .
An hours Garden watch from 07.00 produced33 species inc BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, GREEN WOODY, 6 WHIMBREL,
1 WHITETHROATSEDGE and REED WARBLER.
On Leasfoot Beach at 08.30 - 17 WHIMBREL, 8 SANDERLING and 2 DUNLIN
An hours seawatch with Bob, Dave and Graham produced -
50 GANNET, 130 MANX SHEARWATER ( inc 1 flock of 80+ )
4 FULMAR, 25 AUKS, 1 GREY PLOVER, all west , 2 WHIMBREL, 3 SANDWICH TERN
On South Huish Marsh - 6 CATTLE EGRET, 8TEAL, 1 f WHEATEAR, 2 WHIMBREL, 2 fledged STONECHAT and at 12.15 a first May record ( for me ) of a LAPWING .
Over at South Efford not to be outdone Eric had the patch's first May record - the 2cy ICELAND GULL again .
Next updaye will be 10 May - we are off to the Odiell Mrashes in
S W Spain early Wed .
Late news - Nick rang 18.45 there is a S/pl CURLEW SANPIPER
( 176 ) in Wagtail corner of South Huish marsh , also
2 WHEATEAR. Sped over - my first Spring record , looking vey nice in partial s/pl . Another great patch record
MON 1 MAY
Another typical Bank Holiday Monday weather - driving rain and strong NW wind . Ventured out when the rain went through around 14.00
Initially seawatching at the car park - 8 GANNET, 1 FULMAR,
1 WHIMBREL ( 20 earlier on the beach ) 2 MANX SHEARWATER ,
1 SWIFT , Nick drove round to inform me of 4 AVOCET ( 175 ) on South Huish marsh- first record since March 2014 . Also on the Marsh 6 CATTLE EGRET, 45 LESSER B B GULL, 16 WHIMBREL ,
1 BAR T GODWIT, 20 SWALLOW , SAND and HOUSE MARTIN
On the rocks 12 SANDERLING.
SUN 30 APRIL -
A superb end to the month with 4 patch year ticks inc a lifer for me .
At 08.00 a CATTLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh - still present at 16.20 .
The weather this morning - 100% cloud , heavy rain with poor offshore viz - Seawatching from Bobs car park from 08.15 - 11 .15 -only produced 220 GANNET, 2 FULMAR, 1 MANX SHEARWATER,
1 SANDWICH TERN, 3 WHIMBREL .
At Hope Cove James had a good morning from 11.15- with
2 ARCTIC SKUA -east, 8 SANDWICH TERN with 1 LITTLE TERN
( 174 )and a SWIFT
Returned to the car park at 13.15 , once the rain cleared birds started moving through , joined by Perry at 14.20 , leaving at 16.15 was 3 hours of very enjoyable watching -
totals logged -140 GANNET, 9 SANDWICH TERN , 7 EIDER ( 171 )( 5f , 2 imm m ) flew east at 14.10, 3 ARCTIC SKUA - east all dark phase , 2 BONXIE ( 172 ), 91 MANX SHEARWATER, 25 COMMON SCOTER, 4 FULMAR. At 15.20 picked up a raptor flying in off the sea , came close inshore - an ad female MONTAGU'S HARRIER
( 173 )- a patch life tick .
At South efford Marsh this afternoon Eric reports - a pair of Garganey, 2 BAR T GODWIT, 4 WHIMBREL, 2 GREENSHANK,
8 DUNLIN, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 4 SEDGE WARBLER
SAT 29 APRIL
First late news from Fri evening- Graham Collyer had a CUCKOO (169 ) calling in the valley outside his house in South Milton.
This morning a sunny day with an increasing SE wind to F4/5 by 12.00. Some offshore passage but not as good as expectations .
A number of birders this morning - totals logged -
On South Huish Marsh could only locate 2 CATTLE EGRET, 6 TEAL.
Offshore - 172 GANNET ( some flocks of 10 & 12 ) , 11 FULMAR,
6 KITTIWAKE ( one group ), 1 COMMON SCOTER, 20 RAZORBILL,
7 AUKS , 3 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 ARCTIC TERN ( 170 ),
1 COMMIC TERN , 59 WHIMBREL, 17 BAR T GODWIT, 1 PEREGRINE
Hirundines logged - 40 SWALLOW, 6 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SAND MARTIN
Still hopeful of Sundays weather pattern for offshore passage .
FRI 28 APRIL
A day away from the patch with a visit to woodland sites .
First - Yarner Wood - 2m 1f REDSTART ( great views just inside the top Trendlebeare entrance - some photographers have been putting food out ), 2 TREE PIPIT, 8 + PIED FLYCATCHER,
1 WOOD WARBLER ( heard ), GARDEN WARBLER , 2 SISKIN,
1 TREE CREEPER, CHIFFY , WILLOW WARBLER
At Challacombe Farm - 1m REDSTART, 4 REDPOLL, 2 GREY WAGTAIL( no sign of any Whinchat or Cuckoo )
At Bellever -2 CROSSBILL
Near South Brent a LITTLE OWL ( road casualty )
At 17.00 a HOBBY ( 168 ) flew over my garden .
Hopefully the SE winds and some rain might produce some interesting sea watching this w/end !
THURS 27 APRIL
A sunny morning after a dawn frost , light breeze upto 12.00
On Thurlestone Marsh at 08.30 a CATTLE EGRET, 1f WHEATEAR,
2 LONG T TIT, at 12.30 6 WHIMBREL feeding in the field .
On Warren Pt rocks and beaches - 20 WHIMBREL, 4 BAR T GODWIT, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 WHEATEAR, 2 WHITETHROAT.
Offshore - 6 GANNET, 6 FULMAR , 2 SANDWICH TERN
By the footbridge - 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 REED WARBLER,
On South Huish Marsh - 5 CATTLE EGRET, 8 TEAL, 11 WHIMBREL, 1 SEDGE WARBLER
WED 26 APRIL
Although sunny felt cold in a brisk NNE wind .
A Garden watch from 07.15 produced 31 species - BLACKCAP, CHIFFY , SEDGE WARBLER, BULLFINCH
A vey quiet morning offshore only 3 GANNET and 2 SANDWICH TERN .
Around South Huish Marsh - still 6 CATTLE EGRET, 8 TEAL,
16 SWALLOW, 1 HOUSE MARTIN., 3 WHEATEAR .
On the rocks / beaches - 14 BAR T GODWIT, 19 WHIMBREL, 1 SANDERLING, DUNLIN and RINGED PLOVER ( heard in flight )
TUES 25 APRIL
A few days of cooler weather, as I write the N
wind has increased to 6 , gusting 7 , light showers of hail/ snow with thunder .
My early morning watch from my balcony has really paid trumps this year with yet another garden tick at 07.45 a WOOD WARBLER ( 167 ). Speaking to Bob he thinks this is only the 3rd or 4th patch record .Also today - 2 JAY, 3 SHELDUCK, CHIFFY, BLACKCAP,
1 WHEATEAR, 2 RED L PARTRIDGE
Along the rocks / beaches to Warren Pt - 10 WHIMBREL, 2 BAR T GODWIT, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER,5 DUNLIN, 4 WHITETHROAT,
4 STONECHAT ( carrying food )
Very poor offshore -only 20 GANNET, 2 SHELDUCK and 2 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ), 2 FULMAR and 1 SANDWICH TERN.
On South Huish Marsh - still 6 CATTLE EGRET, 15 TEAL,
1 WHIMBREL, 1f WHEATEAR, SEDGE , REED WARBLER, CHIFFY and BLACKCAP
Low nubers of Hirundines - 20 SWALLOW, 10 HOUSE MARTIN ,
2 SAND MARTIN
At South Efford marsh Eric reports 2 GREENSHANK
At 17.00 last night a report of 4 SANDERLING on the beach
At South Milton Ley yesterday Alan ringed - 7 SEDGE, 4 REED WARBLER, 1 REED BUNTING, 2 BLACKCAP , 1 GREAT SP WOODY and a BULLFINCH ( of interest this is the 10th ringed since early March- a site record )
MON 24 APRIL
A bright morning with sunny periods and some high cloud, a light breeze backing NW 3/4 . Joined by Graham and Bob
An hours Garden Watch from 07.05 produced 30 species with
1 WHEATEAR, 2 JAY, 4 SHELDUCK, BLACKCAP, SEDGE WARBLER and CHIFFY
Around South Huish marsh - 6 CATTLE EGRET, 12 WHEATEAR,
5 TEAL ,1 DUNLIN, 2 WHIMBREL , 4 WHITETHROAT
Around the Bay - 1 SANDWICH TERN, 2 GANNET, 4 WHIMBREL,
6 WHEATEAR, 1 REED WARBLER, 1 REDSHANK
Hirundines logged - 11 SWALLOW, 7 HOUSE MARTIN , 6 SAND MARTIN
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 4 WHIMBREL,
2 GREENSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 DUNLIN,
1m WHINCHAT . On Tues 17 April Rod Bone had a RED KITE ( 166 ) over north marsh
Late morning Eric had a YELLOW BROWED WARBLER by the TESCO car park at Kinsbridge
SUN 23 APRIL
A sunny morning with a E wind F2/3. Initially started promising and then petered out .
One of the best Garden watches this year 1hr 15min from 07.15 produced 40 species- 8 WHEATEAR in the field opposite , 1 GREY PLOVER and 3 BAR T GODWIT flew up the valley at 07,30, 2 flocks of WHIMBREL total 21 folowed at 08.25 , 1 GREEN WOODY,
4 SWALLOW, 2 RED L PARTRIDGE, WHITETHROAT, CHIFFY, WILLOW and GARDEN WARBLER.
Around South Huish Marsh - 6 CATTLE EGRET, 26 TEAL, 1 TREE PIPIT, 2 WHITETHROAT, 7 WHEATEAR, 1 BLACKCAP, SEDGE and REED WARBLER, 13 WHIMBREL ( over ).
Hirundines logged - 85 SWALLOW, 26 SAND MARTIN, 14 HOUSE MARTIN
At Aveton Gifford Eric had 3 SWIFT(164 ) over
Visiting birders reported a WHINCHAT ( 165 ) at the bottom of South Milton Ley .
SAT 22 APR
A cloudy morning with a light E breeze , another day with a flat calm sea .
The CATTLE EGRET saga continues - at 18.35 last night 5 flew in line over my garden towards Aveton Gifford . This morning could only find 4 at South Huish Marsh .
Highlight of this mornings Garden watch was a CURLEW which flew up the valley at 08.10
Offshore a total of 6 COMMON SCOTER, 1 FULMAR and 1 GANNET
On South Huish Marsh a YELLOW WAGTAIL ( heard only in flight ),
1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1f WHEATEAR, 20 TEAL, REED and SEDGE WARBLER singing .
Hirundines logged - 10 SWALLOW, 8 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SAND MARTIN
FRI 21 APRIL
A calm sunny morning with poor offshore viz, one of the quietest April days for years .
Having waited 9 years to add CATTLE EGRET to my garden list it was quite a surprise at 07.00 to find 7 feeding at the far end of Thurlestone marsh , they had departed by 08.30 but dont know in which diection .A 50 min Garden Watch produced 30 species inc
4 WHIMBREL, 1 GROPPA ( reeling )
SWALLOW, WILLOW WARBLER, , CHIFFY , 1 SPARROWHAWK.
On the rocks 2 WHIMBREL, 4 TURNSTONE, 1 GREY PLOVER .
On South Huish Marsh - 5 CATTLE EGRET,16 TEAL, 1 SNIPE,
On Leasfoot Beach - 5 WHIMBREL, 2 WHEATEAR
At 17.00 Nick had a YELLOW WAGTAIL ( 163) and still 5 CATTLE EGRET on South Huish Marsh.
Dilemma of the day - 5 or 12 CATTLE EGRET ?
THURS 20 APRIL
A fine early morning with a slight frost, cloud cover later . Flat calm sea with hardly any breeze
Started with a 1hour Garden Watch which produced 34 species and yet another garden tick - at 07.25 scoped 2 ARCTIC SKUA
( 162 ) flying east across the Bay ( 1 dark & 1 light phase ) first Skuas of the year. Also 4 species of raptor, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, SEDGE WARBLER, STOCK DOVE and 2 RED L PARTRIDGE .
Offshore a flock of Waders flew in at 11.15 - 22 WHIMBREL,
. 3 GREY PLOVER and 2 BAR T GODWIT . The WHIMBREL after flying around the Bay finally flew off east, the others went straight up the valley .
On the rocks , 5 TURNSTONE, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 GREY PLOVER
On South Huish Marsh only 5 CATTLE EGRET, 18 TEAL ( the GARGANEY and SHOVELER have moved on ), 6 WHEATEAR,
1 DUNLIN, CHIFFY , WILLOW WARBLER, SEDGE and REED WARBLER.
A WHITETHROAT on the path near the toilet block .
Hirundines logged - 12 SWALLOW, 4 HOUSE MARTIN
News from AlanPomroy ringing at South Milton Ley -
2 REED WARBLER, 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 4 BLACKCAP, 1 WHITETHROAT, 2 SONG THRUSH, 2 BULLFINCH . A GROPPA heard .
ICELAND GULL on the Marsh early afternoon
WED 19 APRIL
late evening update - at 18.40 a CATTLE EGRET in the field opposite my house - a garden tick
A sunny morning with a light E breeze.
Seawatching from Warren Pt only produced in 2 hrs - 35 GANNET, 2 FULMAR, 3 COMMON SCOTER, ,a GREAT N DIVER ( spl) flew west at 0905, 6 SANDWICH TERN - east , picked up 2 LITTLE EGRET about 2 miles offshore flying into the Bay .
Waders on the rocks - 1 RINGED PLOVER, 1 TURNSTONE, .Along the coast path 26 LINNET and 2 WHITETHROAT .
On South Huish Marsh - another site record with 8 CATTLE EGRET, the m GARGANEY was joined by a pair which flew in off the sea at 11.05 ( that makes 9 different birds recorded this spring ) the ICELAND GULL flew in at 12.10 with a large flock of HERRING GULL.4 LITTLE EGRET, 1m SHOVELER, 25 TEAL, 1 CURLEW ,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER . 2 WHIMBREL on the rocks . In the sheep field 4 WHEATEAR with another 3 late afternoon
Hirundines logged -28 SWALLOW, 9 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SAND MARTIN
TUES 18 APRIL
A sunny morning with only high light cloud , a ENE F 4 wind
Highlight of the day was a morning passage of WHEATEAR atotal of 30 logged with several pristine GREENLAND WHEATEAR (161 )
On South Huish Marsh - both the M GARGANEY and ICELAND GULL ( flew in at 11.45 )on show, the CATTLE EGRET increased to 6 ( a new site record )also 1 DUNLIN, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER,
1m SHOVELER, singing BLACKCAP, SEDGE WARBLER
, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL
Offshore 25 GANNET, 3 FULMAR, 8 RAZORBILL, 2 SANDWICH TERN and at 08.45 a sub ad LITTLE GULL flew west across the Bay .
On the rocks 4 WHIMBREL , 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT.
Hirundines logged - 21 SWALLOW, 9 HOUSE MARTIN, 5 SAND MARTIN
Went down to the Bay for an hour at 15.30 only 3 GANNET, on the rocks 7 WHIMBREL and a BAR T GODWIT.
News of a reeling GROPPA in Hope Cove yesterday
MON 17 APRIL
An overcast morning with variable levels of cloud , wind F2/3 NNW
Spent the first 90min from 08.00 on WARREN PT -
A WHITETHROAT ( 158 ), 6 WHEATEAR, . Waders on the beach -
7 RINGED PLOVER, 5 DUNLIN, 2 TURNSTONE , 4 WHIMBREL flew in off ,
Offshore -50 GANNET, 2 GREAT N DIVER ( 1-E , 1- W ), 2 BLACK T DIVER - east together, 1 BRENT GOOSE - Pale Bellied - East,(159 ) 1 SANDWICH TERN, 5 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ), 3 FULMAR .
On South Huish Marsh - ICELAND GULL reported early am ,
1 M GARGANEY, 1 m SHOVELER, 15 TEAL, 4 CATTLE EGRET,
1m WHEATEAR, 1m BLACKCAP , 1 GARDEN WARBLER ( 160 )
Near Golf Club another WHITETHROAT
Only Hirudines today were 20 SWALLOW
Report rec'd of 2pairs of GREY PARTRIDGE in field along the access road to South Milton Ley
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 4 BLACKCAP, 3 GREENSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER
SUN 16 APRIL
A sunny morning with some high cloud and an increasing to F4 WNW wind . Joined by Chris and Bob
A 45min Garden Watch from 07.30 produced 30 species - migrants included a WILLOW WARBLER, 2m BLACKCAP, 2 CHIFFY and
Offshore only 11 GANNET, a GREAT N DIVER flew west at 09.05 .
On South Huish Marsh The CATTLE EGRETS have now increased to 5 ( a site record ), the ICELAND GULL, m GARGANEY and
m SHOVELER still showing well. The GARGANEY is now the longest staying record for the site . TEAL still 30 , Amongst the Gulls 2 ad BLACK H GULL, also 8 COOT, a m WHEATEAR,
m CETTIS WARBLER. 8 WHIMBREL landed briefly before flying off to the east
Hirundines logged - 90 SWALLOW, 5 HOUSE MARTIN, 3 SAND MARTIN
SAT 15 APRIL.
An early start to try and beat the dog walkers and runners .
A cloudy morning feeling cold in a NW F3 wind
On the beaches first thing - 10 TURNSTONE, 10 RINGED PLOVER,
5 DUNLIN ( first sighting this month ), 1 GREY PLOVER ,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER ( on rocks ) and a SANDERLING ( first this year - 157 ).
A 2 hr seawatch from 07.30 - 4 MANX SHEARWATER ( 08.15 )
4 FULMAR, 1 SANDWICH TERN, 55 GANNET, 2 RAZORBILL, .
Along the coast path to Warren Pt - at least 6 pairs of LINNET,
2 PAIRS of STONECHAT ( 1m carrying food )
In my garden Anne photographed 2 RED L PARTRIDGE - sat on the garden bench !
On South Huish Marsh reports rec'd - ICELAND GULL,
2 CATTLE EGRET and the m GARGANEY still
On South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 4 HOUSE MARTIN,
20 + SWALLOW, 25 + CHIFFY. 1 WHIMBREL, 1 GREENSHANK,
1 REDSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 MISTLE THRUSH , NUTHATCH calling
FRI 14 APRIL
A morning that started with sunny periods then clouded over , only a light wnw breeze .
Started with a Garden watch at 07.30 -30 species in total - best count for some time and at 08.00 a garden tick - a reeling GROPPA ( 156 ) also a SEDGE WARBLER, , 1 BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, REED BUNTING , 2 SKYLARK, SWALLW, 1 SANDWICH TERN.
In the Bay - a flock of 19 WHIMBREL, 11 GANNET, 3 SANDWICH TERN, 1 FULMAR, 10 COMMON SCOTER, 1 TURNSTONE , An ICELAND GULL flew east at 09.30 hugging the coast kept going into Hope Cove .
On South Huish Marsh - A GREENSHANK was a rare Spring visitor , 1 RINGED PLOVER, , 25 TEAL, 1m GARGANEY, , 2 CATTLE EGRET, 2 SNIPE, 2 WHEATEAR, 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SAND MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW, 1 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 REED WARBLER , 1 m BLACKCAP, 1 WILLOW WARBLER
THURS 13 APRIL
A 45 min Garden Watch produced 25 species inc - 2 JAY,
2 BULLFINCH, 5 LINNET, 1 m REED BUNTING, 2m BLACKCAP
On the rocks - 6 TURNSTONE, 1f WHEATEAR
On South Huish Marsh - 2 CATTLE EGRET ( the new bird in v nice summer plumage )1m GARGANEY, 1m SHOVELER, 25 TEAL,
4 SHELDUCK, the ICELAND GULL, 1 1w MED GULL , 1m BLACKCAP,
A walk round South Milton Ley produced - 2 WILLOW WARBLER,
5 CHIFFY, 3 m BLACKCAP, 2 SEDGE WARBLER and 7 JAY . Unusual to find a total of 7 JAY on the patch this morning
WED 12 APRIL
Only news received was from Eric - on South Efford Marsh -
4 WHIMBREL, 3 GREENSHANK, 1 REDSHANK , 1 SWALLOW
TUES 11 APRIL
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 4 WHIMBREL ( flew up the valley ) and on the marsh a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER.
James k had 10 WHIMBREL fly up the valley at 18.00, also 3 SANDWICH TERN -east
Away in Bedford visiting family , information rec'd-
SUNDAY 9 APRIL
on the beach -5 WHIMBREL, offshore -5 SANDWICH TERN,
5 COMMON SCOTER, 1 G N DIVER, 3 MANX SHEARWATER,
ON South Huish Marsh - 1m GAGANEY, 1 CATTLE EGRET,1 BLACK T GODWIT
James K had 12 SANDWICH TERNfying east in 3 groups
MON 10 APRIL
GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL 1M GARGANEY, AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH
AT Aveton Gifford - 2 WHIMBREL
SAT 8 APRIL
First late news for Friday from Chris Buckland on Warren Pt he had a PURPLE SANDPIPER and 2 GREY PLOVER
A very nice sunny morning with a cool SE F 3 wind , .An early start at South Huish Marsh at 07.10- An EGYPTION GOOSE was a new arrival, a male GARGANEY feeding at the back of the marsh , Amongst the GULLS were the ICELAND GULL, 10 BLACK HEADED,
3 COMMON GULL, 1 1w MED GULL. The CATTLE EGRET still showing well.At 13.00 a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER flew in , only stayed 30mins. 2 WHIMBREL ( 152 ) also flew in and a m WHEATEAR.
Offshore upto 09.45 - 2 RED T DIVER flew E at 08.18 , 2 MANX SHEARWATER ( 153 ) flew East, 3 SANDWICH TERN, 44 AUKS -east ( mostly RAZORBILL ) 12 GANNET, 10 COMMON SCOTER - East, ,
2 FULMAR,. 2 SHOVELER, 6 SHELDUCK, 4 WIGEON on the sea .
A good passage of Hirundines - days total - 155 SWALLOW,
50 SAND MARTIN , 2 HOUSE MARTIN.
By the footbridge a TREE PIPIT ( 154 ) flew N and a REED WARBLER singing.
On the rocks - 4 WHIMBREL, 3 TURNSTONE, 1 GREY PLOVER
Alan Pomroy ringed a SEDGE WARBLER ( 155 ) at South Milton Ley where there was also a RED L PARTRIDGE
Although the Se winds were light they still produced som decent arrivals .
FRI 7 APRIL.
Apologies for no recent updates , phone and broadband failed on Wed lunchtime - thats 48 hours with not being able to get on the birding web sites .
Another interesting morning on the patch started with 2 singing REED WARBLER ( 149 ) on Thurlestone Marsh at 07.50
Offshore a feeding flock of 250 + GANNET , quite a few Dolphin off shore , late morning Chris and Vic picked up a VELVET SCOTER (150 ) on the sea , also a COMMON TERN in the Bay
On South Huish Marsh - 1 CATTLE EGRET, 2cy ICELAND GULL,
1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 1w MED GULL, , 10 SWALLOW and a HOUSE MARTIN over.
Eric reports 4 REDSHANK and 4 GREENSHANK on South Efford Marsh .
Eric reported AJL had a REDSTART ( 150 ) by the T'stone Marsh toilet block
THURS 6 APRIL
Another sunny and mild day with a light NE breeze
Offshore a SANDWICH TERN , 6 COMMON SCOTER, 2 GUILLEMOT . A male GARGANEY flew across the Bay towards Hope Cove, returned and then flew over the Marsh and staight up the valley.
On the Marsh this morning - 1 CATTLE EGRET, 1 BLACK T GODWIT ( sp )1 CETTIS WARBLER, 2cy ICELAND GULL, 4 SWALLOW
Another visit at 15.00 when both the ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULL were in the sheep field , CATTLE EGRET still, 1 m WHEATEAR . A visiting birder Graeme from Hove reported a 3cy CASPIAN GULL - dont get many of them on the patch.
Offshore 2 TEAL ( on sea )., 1 BLACK T DIVER and a GREAT N DIVER flew east at 15.55.
16 SWALLOw over
WED 5 April
A sunny morning with only a light breeze.
Highlight of the day was a SPOONBILL (147) which flew onto South Huish Marsh at 10.00 . It was an adult and was unringed . Stayed until 16.36 when Steve Hopper watched it climb high and leave towards Torbay . First record for 2 years .The CATTLE EGRET still showing well.
TUES 4 APRIL
A cloudy overcast morning with a few brief sunny intervals .
A light N breeze increased during the morning to F3/4
Started with a 45 min Garden watch from 07.35 - 24 species recorded , undoubted highlight was at 08.00 when a
F MARSH HARRIER flew down the marsh leaving to the NW, could be the same F bird recorded twice in March , no records throughout South Devon so where is it going ?
Also had a SAND MARTIN, 2 BULLFINCH, m REED BUNTING and
A brief seawatch produced a feeding flock of 60+ GANNET - 3 Dolphin also, 1 GREAT N DIVER flew east at 08.55 . On the sea 3 SHELDUCK , late morning 3 COMMON SCOTER on the sea , joined later by another 11 .
On South Huish Marsh only the GLAUCOUS GULL showing this morning - from 10.05- 10.20 , returned at around 11.00 still present when i left at 12.00.Also on the Marsh a CATTLE EGRET
( also few off to join the herd of cattle in a nearby field )
, 6 LITTLE EGRET, duck numbers same as yesterday, 1 CURLEW ,
3 SWALLOW and a SAND MARTIN over. Only 1 WATER PIPIT today.
18.00 update - the ICELAND GULL in the field behind the Cafe .
A 1w GREAT B B GULL had a ring - LCU 6 , will try and find out more info
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 3 GREENSHANK, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 3 SWALLOW, 1 SPARROWHAWK . At the W/end Rod had a HOUSE MARTIN
Yesterday Alan ringed - 3 CHIFFY, 1m BLACKCAP, i BULLFINCH with 2 SWALLOW over, also flushed a MOORHENfirst at this site since Dec 2013
MON 3 APRIL
An overcast morning clearing to provide sunny periods by 11.00, F3 SSW wind . Joined by Graham and Bob.
08.45 from the carp ark - 6 GANNET, 10 SHELDUCK,
13 GUILLEMOT, 1 RAZORBILL . At 09.33 a PUFFIN ( 146 ) flew east with a GUILLEMOT - nice size comparison .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 2s ICELAND GULL, 1 1w/2s GLAUCOUS GULL- apart from 45min around 11.30 was present all day - reported by Dave P , Alan D and Pete A this pm .1m SHOVELER,
2 WIGEON, 2 CURLEW ( flew in 12.15 ) 3 SWALLOW, 1 COMMON GULL
3 WATER PIPIT ( afternoon ).
Along the tidal Rd at Aveton Gifford 4 REDSHANK and 2 COMMON SANDPIPER reported by John
Interesting to see the White Winged Gulls have kept returning .
SUN 2 APRIL
A lovely sunny day with only a light NW breeze .
You need to start out early to sometimes sight the best birds ,which Paul Bouldon does regularly - at 07.00 he watched a
GREAT WHITE EGRET(145 ) fly over South Huish Marsh and continue up the valley - later at 11.00 reported by Lesley on West Charleton Marsh .
Also on the Marsh this morning -
1m GARGANEY, a pair of WIGEON, 1 m SHOVELER, 25 TEAL, . The
2s ICELAND GULL showed well all morning ., 1 WATER PIPIT,
2 WHITE WAGTAIL , 5 LITTLE EGRET, 1 SWALLOW over.
On the rocks 14 TURNSTONE
An article on Birdwatching for beginers in the Sunday Telegraph listed the top 20 sites to
visit in the UK - they had Thurlestone Bay as no .15 . Someone must be reading this blog
SAT 1 APRIL
Fantastic start to the month .Morning of sunny periods with showers later.
At 13.00 whilst topping up my feeders picked up a large SWIFT over the marsh near the Golf Club , white belly and size confirmed it as an ALPINE SWIFT ( 144 )-a life UK tick for me . Only 2hrs later did i find the post from Rob Macklin that he saw one around 10.30 at Bolt Head ( about 8 miles from here )
Also this morning - 1 RED T DIVER flew east at 09.15, 2 COMMON SCOTER on the sea., also 1 1w MED GULL
On South Huish Marsh - At 10.30 a 2w ICELAND GULL, a F RUFF ( 143 ), 1m SHOVELER, 1m WIGEON, 2 WATER PIPIT. At 14.30 Alan Eric and Roger had a 2s GLAUCOUS GULL and a m GARGANEY
at 17.00 GARGANEY still showing , 2 SWALLOW over.
At South Milton Ley 2 singing WILLOW WARBLER , CHIFFY , GOLDCREST , 2 SNIPE
At HUXTON CROSS 2 RED L PARTRIDGE , 1 YELLOWHAMMER
CYPRUS Visit 22 - 29 MAR
A superb weeks birding with Graham Daw ( and our wives Anne & Daphne ) we managed a record species list of 125 which for me included 6 life ticks . Will post a full report over the weekend .
My ticks were - MASKED SHRIKE , RUPPELLS WARBLER, ROCK THRUSH, REDSTART ( Eastern Sub Specie ), PIED KINGFISHER and BAILLONS CRAKE
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
FUERTEVENTURA TRIP 28 JAN - 4 FEB
Spent a week at the Jandia Princess Hotel at the very South end of the Island - our first visit. Hired a car for 2 days to visit some of the sites further north.
Disappointing total of only 45 species - although did manage to find some surprises.
Target birds were BLACK BELLIED SANDGROUSE - found a total of 17 at La Pared coming to an almost dry stream, and FURTEVENTURA CHAT this was difficult to find.
Over the Hotel - Offshore or flying over, SWALLOW, PALLID SWIFT, PLAIN SWIFT, RAVEN, SANDWICH TERN, many LESSER B.B. GULL, YELLOW LEGGED GULL. Several CORYS SHEARWATER, many trip reports only mention singles of GANNET ,seen daily (early evening) from Hotel Balcony max 30 including a single flock of 23.
On Thursday 2nd February a flock of 6 SACRED IBIS flew north only 50 feet above us - cannot find any reference to this specie in any visitor reports.
Whilst watching the SAND GROUSE found a female BLACK REDSTART again no comments in any previous reports.
Waders were disappointing only GREENSHANK, RINGED PLOVER, COMMON SANDPIPER, 10 BLACK WINGED STILT. Only 1 CATTLE EGRET at Risco Del Pasa where a flock of 25 SANDWICH TERN feeding offshore.
Near Los Molinos the only HOUBARA BUSTARD of the visit, a feral flock of 40+ MUSCOVEY DUCK. At the nearby reservoir
2 HOOPOE, 1 HERON, 150+ COOT, 40 + TEAL, 4 SHOVELER,
8 TUFTED DUCK, 11 LITTLE EGRET, 1 SPOONBILL, 60+ RUDDY SHELDUCK, 2 BLACK HEADED GULL.
Found plenty of BERTHELOTS PIPIT and at least 7 SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE.
Only raptors KESTREL and BUZZARD
Finally flying south with 2 SANDWICH TERN one evening a good candidate for LESSER CRESTED TERN.
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
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 !
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.
Photos below of the BEE-EATERS at Aymer Cove 30 MAY taken by Alan Doidge
Record shot of the GLOSSY IBIS taken at 16.00 Sat 27 Dec- Alan Doidge
Some cracking photos from Alan Doidge of the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and colour ringed ROCK PIPIT