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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2019 Monthly Review
MON 22 JULY
Very misty offshore all morning , in poor viewing conditions I could only log 2 GANNET in 30 min from 08.30 .
On South Huish Marsh - 6 DUNLIN , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER ,
2 TEAL , 2 SAND MARTIN , 4 SWIFT . Amongst the 10 ALBA WAGTAIL A WHITE
SAT 20 JULY
A morning with sunny periods with a F5 W wind
Seawatch from 07.30-09.45- not as good as yesterday -
100 GANNET ( At least50% were juv/ sub adult ) , 6 FULMAR ,
4 MED GULL ( 2 ad, 2 juv ) , 1 m COMMON SCOTER .
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 23 CURLEW , 2 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 110 BLACK H GULL ,
2 AD MED GULL .
FRI 19 JULY
Cloudy morning with rain showers , poor viz offshore gradually
improving .F5/6 S/SW wind
Joined Richie At South Huish Marsh where he had 9 DUNLIN , Another flew in at 11.40 , juv TEAL still
Seawatch from the flats 09.00- 11.30 -totals - 40GANNET ,
1 FULMAR , 14 MANX SHEARWATER, 5 BALEARIC SHEARWATER,
3 MED GULL , 1 KITTIWAKE, 1 COMMON GULL, 34 COMMON SCOTER
THURS 18. JULY
An overcast morning with an F3/4 W wind .
An hours seawatch from 08.30 - first bird to fly through a STORM PETREL - NW - second one in less than a week, otherwise only 20 GANNET & a FULMAR .
At South Huish Marsh - 1 juv TEAL , 1juv SEDGE WARBLER - Steady passage of SWALLOW -72 and 2 SAND MARTIN , 16 SWIFT ,
15 HOUSE MARTIN were local breeders , . 40 LINNET , 2 RAVEN .
WED 17 JULY
Only time for An hours Garden Watch from 07.45 in overcast calm conditions, 32 species recorded inc -SKYLARK , 5JUV BLACKCAP , 2 WHITETHROAT, 7 CHIFFY , 1 GREAT SP WOODY, CIRL BUNTING , REED BUNTING , LINNET , STOCK DOVE , HERON .
This afternoon at South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 11 CURLEW,
1WHIMBREL , 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 REDSHANK.
Omitted to Report Alan’s Ringing session on Tues 15th - 49 new birds of 12 species inc - 14 CHIFFY, 13 REED WARBLER, 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 5 BLACKCAP , 1 CETTIS WARBLER , also a REED WARBLER control- Only from Slapton
TUES 16 JULY
Another sunny day with a light breeze in the morning - after failing to find anything interesting locally went over to South Efford Marsh
At least 4 ad & 16 juv SHELDUCK , A F PEREGRINE flew through, 3 CANADA GOOSE were the first this month . Of far more interest were the range of Butterfies ( particularly on the walk back )commonest was Ringlet , Gatekeeper,Peacock, Red Admiral,
Large White & Comma .
Around his garden Eric had a Lesser Emperor Dragonfly &
Golden Ringed Dragonfly
MON 15 JULY
No sign of PECTORAL SANDPIPER (170 ) photographed at 18.30 last night by Richard Archer At South Huish Marsh - On the Marsh - 36 MALLARD , 1 JUV TEAL , 3 MUTE SWAN , 2 JUV WHITETHROAT,
2 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET , 10 SAND MARTIN , 30 SWALLOW ,
20 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWIFT
By the footbridge - 3juv WHITETHROAT, 1 JUV STONECHAT,
2 SONG THRUSH
On the rocks a COMMON SANDPIPER , 13 OYSTERCATCHER
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SUN 14 JULY
Richie Started the Seawatch at 06.30 I joined him at -7.00 through to 09.40 , totals - 105 GANNET, 56 MANX SHEARWATER,
32 BLACK H GULL, 1AD MED GULL , 1 SANDWICH TERN ,1 FULMAR ,
4 LITTLE EGRET, 13 RAZORMOT, 1 CURLEW, 3 SAND MARTIN ,
Bird of the morning was at 08.40 when I picked up a STORM PETREL
(169 ) Flying NW reasonably close in
In the lanes were 2 MISTLE THRUSH
FRI 12 JULY
Another lovely summers day with a light NW breeze.
Walked round the coast path to Yarmer Beach from 08.50-
1ad 6juv STONECHAT, 1 WHITETHROAT, 4 ROCKPIPIT,
Offshore Only 20 GANNET & 3MANX SHEARWATER.
At 18.00 Eric had a flock of 32 SWIFT over his garden
OverThurlestone Marsh the first gathering of Hirundines- At 19.15
30 + SWIFT , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SAND MARTIN , At 21.15 the SWALLOW count had increased to 900 +
THURS 11 JULY
11 years ago today when we moved into Edwards Close - seems to have flown by .
Started this morning with a 45 min Garden Watch from 07.25 ,
29 species recorded with a large number of juveniles-
2BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY , 2 REED WARBLER , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 GREAT SP WOODY , SKYLARK, 10 SWALLOW, 4 HOUSE MARTIN ,
14 SWIFT , SONG THRUSH, 2 CIRL BUNTING.
A short Seawatch from 08.50 - 17 GANNET , 9 MANX SHEARWATER.
At Aveton Gifford Eric had a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
WED 10 JULY
Eric reports from South Efford Marsh -18 CURLEW , 2 GREENSHANK, 4 DUNLIN , 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER.
RINGING 4 &7 JULY
2 sessions from Alan At South Milton Ley produced 143 new birds ringed inc - 11 SEDGE WARBLER, 19 REED WARBLER, 63 CHIFFY,
1 WILLOW WARBLER , 5 BLACKCAP , 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 BULLFINCH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY
MON 8 JULY
Eric &Bob Report this morning on South Efford Marsh -
6 DUNLIN , 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 GREENSHANK, 1 REDSHANK,
In Eric’s garden a Hummingbird Hawk moth
SUN 7 JULY
Report from Eric , Rodney had on South Efford Marsh -
2 GREENSHANK , 1 REDSHANK, 12 CURLEW, 1 WHIMBREL.
SAT 6 JULY
Whilst we are spending a long w/end visiting family in Ampthill Beds and attending their music festival Richie did a Seawatch
06.10- 08.40 - 48 GANNET , 20 MANX SHEARWATER, 23 RAZORMOT,
6 COMMON SCOTER, 1 FULMAR , 7 SWIFT
WED 3 JULY
A sunny morning with a F4 ENE Wind .
An hours seawatch from 09.00- 12 GANNET , 58 MANX S’WATER,
1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER -NW @ 09.15 , 1 KITTIWAKE , 6 RAZORMOTT .
By the footbridge 2 WHITETHROAT, 2 REED BUNTING
TUES 2 JULY
Met up with Graham Daw this morning first time he has been out since his 2 major eye operations - Daphne had to drive him over , no birds offshore but plenty of chat to catch up with
Eric reports the first returning REDSHANK at South Efford Marsh , where yesterday Rodney had 6 CURLEW
JOHN REPORTED A 1W COMMON GULL on the pond at South Milton Ley later found it dead . GREY PARTRIDGE IN the field
MON 1 JULY
A morning with sunny periods, a NW wind F4.Started with a 30min Garden Watch At 07.50 - 22 species logged inc - BLACKCAP, CHIFFY,
SWIFT , CIRL BUNTING .
An hours seawatch from 08.55 produced - 16GANNET, 8 MANX S’WATER, 2 MED GULL ( 1ad, 1juv ),2SANDWICH TERN , 1 LITTLE EGRET.
On South Huish Marsh the ad LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still on view .
At Hatch Bridge - 6 SAND MARTIN , WHITETHROAT, NUTHATCH.
Along the tidal road - 2 GREY WAGTAIL , SHELDUCK, COAL TIT.
Around Aveton Gifford Eric reports - GREAT SP WOODY , SONG THRUSH, MISTLE THRUSH.
Along the lanes a M YELLOWHAMMER
LRP At South Huish Marsh - Alan Doidge
SUN 30 JUNE .
A sunny morning with a F4/5 W wind
Richie started the Seawatch At 06.50 ( I joined him at 08.30 ) , finished at 11.30, joined by James And July Kirkwood mid morning
71 GANNET, 4 FULMAR , 8 MANX S’WATER, 2 COMMON SCOTER -SE ,
7 BLACK H GULL , 4 MED GULL ( 1 juv ), 5 KITTIWAKE., 9 SWIFT .
Of interest - Richie photographed a dead Polecat at the side of the road just before Thurlestone
Late afternoon Report from Alan of LITTLE RINGED PLOVER On South Huish Marsh ( not many June records in recent years )
FRI 28 JUNE
A day of 2 halves - Seawatch in the morning , twitching in the afternoon - second lifer this week !
Seawatch -9.00-11.30 in sunny periods but still an F8 E GALE -
25 GANNET , 11 FULMAR , 5 MANX SHEARWATER, 27 SANDWICH TERN ( flocks of 4 , 11 &12 ) , 8 SWIFT
Afternoon Visit to Exe Estuary to see the CASPIAN TERN - very good views from the viewing platform , also 2 LITTLE TERN , 2 SANDWICH TERN , CURLEW , WHIMBREL , DUNLIN , GREENSHANK, BAR T GODWIT , BLACK T GODWIT . WATER RAIL
Finally at Bowling Green Marsh- a nice sp SPOTTED REDSHANK , 3 GREENSHANK , 1 AVOCET , 2 TEAL .
Long time since I had 2 lifers in one week
THURS 27 JUNE
AN E gale 8 ( gusting 9 ) is unexpected in June - with glorious sunshine still a difficult morning for seawatching- trying to find a sheltered view point for a stable scope . Watched from 08.00- 10.30
35 GANNET , 10 FULMAR, 30 MANX SHEARWATER, 9 RAZORMOT , 1 SANDWICH TERN . Main interest was passage of SWIFT - LARGEST FLOCKS 16 & 15 - a total of 78 flew S/SE - one of the largest movements in recent years
On South Huish Marsh 4DUNLIN .
Yesterday Rod Bone had an early GREEN SANDPIPER returning to South Efford Marsh
WED 26 JUNE
A cloudy morning , murky offshore, Wind ENE F5
‘Seawatch from09.00-10.30- 21 GANNET ( of the 11 flying SE 10 were juv whereas the 10 flying SE were all adults )
2 MANX SHEARWATER, 3 RAZORMOT-NW , 18 SWIFT - SE
On South Huish Marsh 2 DUNLIN .
TUES 24 JUNE
Seawatch from 08.20-09.20 and 1020-11.0 , sunny periods , light breeze- 11GANNET , 8 BLACK H GULL ( on sea ) , 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( SE @ 08.40 ) , 5 MANX S’WATER ( SE @ 10.40 )
3 SWIFT -SE . Of interest 2 Painted Lady ( also 2 in my garden this afternoon )
On South Huish Marsh - 2 M TEAL ( early returning birds ?)
4 SAND MARTIN , 4 STARLING .
MON 24 JUNE
No local,report today - went with Alan & Eric to Slimbridge to have poor views of an elusive LITTLE BUSTARD ( a lifer for me ) , a number of Plymouth birders in the gallery of over 200 searching through the long grass for glimpses over 2.5 hours of its head and neck . Too distant for any photos
Record shot of this mornings MARSH HARRIER taken by Richie Moore
A FEW OF THE MANY PHOTOS TODAY -GREENSHANK , GREY PLOVER
AVOCET & BLACK WINGED STILT , WHITE STORK at the nest
Record shots today of BLACK W STILT, BLACK KITE , WHITE STORK
SPOT FLY this morning 8/6/19
GREY PLOVER - Very poor light at South Huish Marsh
For a full frame image press on the photo
SPOT FLY , LITTLE EGRET, SHELDUCK
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 !
RECORD SHOT OF AVOCET and SANDERLING
RUFF IN PARTIAL SUMMER PLUMAGE taken by Richie
BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL& SPOT FLY
WADERS ON THE BEACH 7 MAY - WHIMBREL, SANDERLING , DUNLIN , BAR TAILED GODWIT
FOR A CLEARER IMAGE PRESS ON THE PHOTO
Stunning photo of a WHITETHROAT taken by Steph Murphy
PHOTOS FROM Alan & Richie of WHIMBREL& BLACK TAILED GODWIT & DUNLIN RINGED PLOVER,LITTLE RINGED PLOVER
WHEATEAR, AVOCET , RUFF - SOUTH HUISH MARSH 1/2 APRIL
RECORD SHOTS OF - SHORT EARED OWL , BEWICK’S SWAN , COOT
( just look at those feet ), BARNACLE GOOSE , COMMON CRANE .
Taken 17 Jan at AUST WATH & SLIMBRIDGE
SIB CHIFFY ringed 11Jan At South Milton Ley AlanPomroy
Record shots of RED RUMPED SWALLOW at Torpoint 12 Dec
BRENT GOOSE , SNOW BUNTING , SHORE LARK - ALL JUST RECORD SHOTS - NORFOLK 3 NOV
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
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
Thurs 18 Jan - THURLESTONE MARSH 08.00
LOOK WHAT WAS OUTSIDE MY BEDROOM WINDOW AT 08.00
A nice year garden tick , on the scrape behind my garden at 11.15
30 DEC , also 2 HERON &8MALLARD
LAPWING BEEN ON HIS OWN SINCE EARLY NOV AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH 27 NOV
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 SPOONBILL and CATTLE EGRET from James K and SPOONBILL by Steve Hopper at South Huish Marsh on 5 April
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