Thurlestone Bay is a bird rich area of the South Hams (part of Devon).
Having lost Thurlestone Marsh.earlier this year when it was drained agreed with Eric Wotton to redraw the patch boundry to include the Avon Estuary which will incorporate the very impressive South Efford Marsh.
The 2016 year list will be amended to include species recorded there which had not been seen on the old patch
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Some alterations to the format of the pages , the historical page will now provide access to the older trip reports and previous years records .
will be revamping the Photos page over the next few weeks
Have transferred the FEB records to the archive section , also the FEB monthly report has been posted
Off on another trip to Cyprus on Mon for 2 weeks to try and find lots of Spring migrants . Will be updating the blog from our hotel ,heading Cyprus March 2018
MON 19 MARCH
News rec'd from Nick And James K today -
South Huish Marsh - GLAUCOUS GULL , BRENT GOOSE (db ) , REDSHANK , 50 GOLDEN PLOVER , 12 DUNLIN , RINGED PLOVER ,
1 WHEATEAR ( 134)
At Hope a WOODLARK , 2 WHEATEAR
SUN 11 MARCH
A day of contrasts - showers in the morning , sunny afternoon , E F 5/6 wind .
A brief visit to South Huish Marsh at 08.30- 31 WIGEON , 15 TEAL , 2F SHOVELER , 1 GREY PLOVER , 2 RINGED PLOVER. Amongst the GULLS , lot less than yesterday , 12 MED GULL .
In the Bay 2 GREAT C GREBE .16.00 James K reports a RED T DIVER IN the Bay .
In a 30 min period a passage of 30+ MIPIT Flying N , amongst them 1 WOODLARK ( 133 ) - a rare spring record
On T'stone Marsh a CATTLE EGRET , walking through my garden a RED L PARTRIDGE
SAT 10 MARCH
A wet morning turning sunny in the afternoon , F3/4 SE wind .
2 visits to South Huish Marsh - no sign of any spring migrants although a flock of 33 WIGEON Back , 25 TEAL , 2 F SHOVELER , 1 SHELDUCK , 1 M POCHARD , 1 LITTLE GREBE , 4 LAPWING ,
2 BAR T GODWIT , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 2 RINGED PLOVER , 1 SNIPE,1 GREY PLOVER.1 WATER PIPIT
At 09.30-10.00- One of the largest flocks of GULLS on the Marsh ,
in excess of a 1000, 600 HERRING , 400 BLACK HEADED ,
35 COMMON , 16 MED , 35 LESSER B .B , 20 GREAT B B
In with the cattle - 3 LITTLE EGRET & 1CATTLE EGRET
On the sea 3 GREAT C GREBE .
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 60 WIGEON , 40 TEAL ,1 LAPWING , GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , SPOONBILL.
FRI 9 MARCH
Like the WIGEON ON South Huish Marsh Spring departed overnight -
a cold wet and miserable morning , low cloud resulted in poor visibility , however a ESE F5 wind did result in a fairly flat sea .
On T'stone Marsh at 08.45 a CATTLE EGRETwith the bulls .
On the sea 3GREAT C GREBE and a RED T DIVER .
On South Huish Marsh -the flock of WIGEON had departed , only 18 TEAL, 1M POCHARD, 5 SHELDUCK , 2 BAR T GODWIT , 2 RINGED PLOVER ,. Amongst the 150+ BLACK H GULL were 11 MED GULL
( 7ad , 3 2w , 1 1w ) 2 COMMON GULL ,.
Only 1 LITTLE EGRET in with the cattle
GREEN SANDPIPER on NORTH MARSH 8 MARCH
THURS 8 MARCH
A sunny morning with a cool NW F5/6 wind , out of the wind a nice spring morning .
In my garden at 08.30 a F BRAMBLING .
A short visit to South Huish Marsh found a lot less numbers than yesterday, the water levels having dropped again-
60 WIGEON , 20 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER , 2 SHELDUCK , 20 LAPWING , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 2 GREY PLOVER , 2 DUNLIN , 2 BAR T GODWIT , 1 BLACK T GODWIT ,5 SNIPE . Amongst the GULLS were - 150 + BLACK HEADED , 5 MED , 6 COMMON , 150+ LESSER BLACK , 25 GREAT BLACK BACKED , .1 CATTLE EGRET still in with the cattle with 2 LITTLE EGRET.
Combination of the Tidal Rd , South Efford & North Marshes produced - 4 REDSHANK , 3 GREENSHANK , 2 GREEN SANDPIPER , 1 GREEN WOODY , 2 NUTHATCH , 1 GREY WAGTAIL & the SPOONBILL .
The GREEN SANPIPERS were th 19th specie of waders recorded this month , that has got to be a March record .
RED N GREBE , SCAUP AT BEESANDS LEY 7 MARCH
WED 7 MAR
Took Eric over to Beesands Ley to look at the RED N GREBE found by Terry Goddard on Mon . Easily found in the left hand corner from the hide , also 1m SCAUP , 2 POCHARD , 2 GADWALL , 20 TUFTED DUCK ,
1 GREAT C GREBE , 3 LITTLE GREBE , 1 CETTIS WARBLER - calling .
Short visit to South Huish Marsh - water levels have dropped, no sign of the GARGANEY today .100 + WIGEON , 50 TEAL , 1M POCHARD , 2 SHELDUCK , 120+LAPWING , 2 BAR T GODWIT , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 2 GREY PLOVER , 6 RINGED PLOVER , 2 DUNLIN
2 GOLDEN PLOVER , 3 LITTLE EGRET , 1 CATTLE EGRET .
Drive along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford produced -
3 REDSHANK , 2 GREENSHANK , 1 KINGFISHER
GARGANEY ON SOUTH HUISH MARSH 6 MAR
TUES 6 MAR - FIRST DAY OF SPRING ?
A sunny morning with very light breeze and a flat sea gave the feeling that Spring had arrived particularly after the last weeks weather .
Joined by Graham this morning , also a number of visitors to look at the GARGANEY .
A 1hr 15min seawatch from Bobs car park paid dividends - on the sea were - 2GREAT CRESTED GREBE (sp ) , 2 GREAT N DIVER ( 1 in part sp ) 1 RED T DIVER , 3 FULMAR ,1 RAZORBILL , . A SHOVELER-M FLEW EAST . At 10.05 picked up an adICELAND GULL (132 ) off Warren Pt watched all the way across the Bay until it rounded
Bolt Tail - first white winger of the year . Early afternoon Graham had a RED T DIVER close inshore , there were also 8 COMMON SCOTER on the sea .
South Huish Marsh was full of birds - the pair of GARGANEY showed well , , 120 + WIGEON , 60 TEAL , 3 SHOVELER , 2 SHELDUCK , 1M POCHARD , .2 LITTLE GREBE
Plenty of Waders - 275+ LAPWING ( highest total for a few years )
6 RINGED PLOVER , 5 DUNLIN , 2 RUFF , 2 GREY PLOVER , 3 GOLDEN PLOVER , 3 BAR T GODWIT , 2 BLACK T GODWIT , 35+ SNIPE ,
6 MED GULL , 6 COMMON GULL ( 5ad ) 1 WATER PIPIT , 3 LITTLE EGRET , A MISTLE THRUSH flew over , thrushes in the copse field -
100+ REDWING , 1 FIELDFARE, 1 GREAT SP WOODY .
The last 3 days have really exceeded all expectations for the range and number of birds on the patch - still no Sand Martin !
I was contacted by Jon Mitchell of Saltash about the photo of an unusual HOUSE SPARROW -He sent photos of a similar bird which has been on his feeders for the last week
MON 5 MAR
A cloudy morning with some heavy rain showers .
on South Huish Marsh from 09.15 -
1M 1F GARGANEY , 1M POCHARD , 3 SHOVELER, 2 SHELDUCK ,
130 WIGEON ( inc the HYBRID AMERICAN/ WIGEON ) 65 TEAL ,
100 LAPWING , 8 GOLDEN PLOVER ,
8 RINGED PLOVER , 7 DUNLIN , 15 SNIPE , 3 BAR T GODWIT , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 GREY PLOVER , 1 RUFF , SPOONBILL , 6 MED GULL (3ad,3 2w ) 100+ LESSER B B GULL , 35 GREAT B B GULL ,
in the copse field still a flock of around 150 REDWING .
On the rocks 12 TURNSTONE .
At South Efford Marsh Dave P could not find the 2m GARGANEY but he did record - 1 GREY PLOVER , 120 LAPWING , GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , 80 WIGEON , 50 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK
The GARGANEY are probably one of the earliest Devon Spring records - in 1958 there is a record of 1 Jan however this probably relates to an overwintering bird ,since 2000 the earliest date is 9 March 2003
Took this shot in a garden of a house by South Huish Marsh - have never seen a HOUSE SPARROW with so much black on the breast & belly
PHOTOS 4 MAR South Huish Marsh -GARGANEY , SANDWICH TERN & MED GULL , RUFF , KNOT
SUN 4 MAR - WADER FEST & FIRST SPRING MIGRANTS
A cloudy and wet early morning , sunny periods later , Another very surprising day on the patch -
On T'stone Marsh at 08.30 - 11 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER , 15 REDWING .
Arrived at South Huish Marsh at 09.45 to find a SANDWICH TERN
(128) amongst a small group of GULLS Which included 8 MED GULL ,
1 AD COMMON GULL , On the water 65+ LESSER B B GULL .
DURING THE DAY a total of12 species of waders on the Marsh - got to be an early March record - 1 KNOT ( 129 ) , 11 DUNLIN ,
9 RINGED PLOVER , 2 RUFF , 7 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 BAR T GODWIT , 20 SNIPE , 1 JACK SNIPE ( 130 ) , 45 LAPWING , 10 OYSTERCATCHER , 4 GREY PLOVER , at 16.00 7 CURLEW flew in .
The highlight of the morning were a pair of GARGANEY ( 131) found at 11.15 on a flooded field at the back of the Marsh - still present at 16.00, along with 100+ WIGEON , 65 TEAL , 4 SHOVELER , 2 PINTAIL , 1M POCHARD , 1 SHELDUCK .THE SPOONBILL ASLEEP AT THE BACK OF THE MARSH - AT 12.00 picked up a SPOONBILL flying high SSE ( the original one still asleep ! ) 1 LITTLE GREBE STILL PRESENT .
IN the Bay - 30 WIGEON & a GREAT N DIVER .
In the field by the copse a flock of 200 REDWING , 5 FIELDFARE ,
2 SONG THRUSH .
ERIC also had an unexpected morning on South Efford Marsh - at 10.00 he was watching 2 m GARGANEY, ALSO 2 POCHARD ( patch tick ) 1m PINTAIL , 20 LAPWING , 8 DUNLIN , 1 GREENSHANK , 1 KINGFISHER
Andy Smith confirmed the 2m GARGANEY Seen this afternoon , also a m RUFF and 85 LAPWING
SOME POOR RECORD SHOTS IN POOR LIGHT 3 MAR - BAR T GODWIT , GREY PLOVER , SHOVELER
SAT 3 MAR
Rain until 13.00 with a light E breeze , still drifts of snow , T'stone Marsh watched08.30- 10.45 before walking over to South Huish Marsh to log 4 year ticks !
T'stone Marsh - 32 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER , 13 GOLDEN PLOVER , 8 LAPWING , 270 STARLING , 4 SONG THRUSH , 280 REDWING ,
105 FIELDFARE , 9 REED BUNTING , 60 SKYLARK ( 1 flock flew E )
2 GREAT SP WOODY , 1 WATER PIPIT , 25 CHAFFINCH ,
3 F BRAMBLING .1 F BLACK REDSTART .2 CIRL BUNTING
at 09.05 picked up a GREAT N DIVER flying E across the Bay - this is no 161 for the garden list
AT South Huish Marsh - plenty of extra water - 15 DUNLIN , 6 RINGED PLOVER , 6 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 RUFF ( 124 ) , 150 + LAPWING
3GREY PLOVER ( 125 ) , 3 CURLEW , 3 BAR T GODWIT (126 )WIGEON , TEAL , 1M POCHARD (127) ( only the 2nd record in 5 years ) 2 SHELDUCK , The SPOONBILL
Reported from Aveton Gifford 1M PINTAIL , 1 CHIFFY
James K reports a GREY PLOVER at Inner Hope yesterday , this afternoon a GREAT N DIVER in the Bay .GOLDEN PLOVER at Bolt Tail
FRI 2 MAR
Another day of watching from my bedroom window , still cannot get out of the courtyard and Thurlestone is still cut off .
Garden/Marsh watched from 08.30-13.00 and 14.30- 16.30 produced an impressive 43 species , one of the best cold weather movements in the last 10 years - highlights - 2500+ REDWING ,
835 FIELDFARE ,( flocks of 100+ of thrushes moving through from 08.30 , this afternoon large numbers feeding on the Marsh )
9 BLACKBIRD , 16 SONG THRUSH , 1 MISTLE THRUSH , 40 LAPWING ,
11 SNIPE , 100+ GOLDEN PLOVER , 1 DUNLIN , 20 MALLARD ,
9 TEAL , 2 SHOVELER, 2 CATTLE EGRET , 2 LITTLE EGRET , 1 WREN ,
4 WATER PIPIT , 8 MIPIT , 2 CIRL BUNTING , 6 REED BUNTING
At AVETON GIFFORD Eric reports - SPOONBILL , COMMON SANDPIPER, GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , 1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 SPARROWHAWK , 2 ROCK PIPIT , 2 YELLOWHAMMER , Amongst a flock of CHAFFINCH WERE 4 BRAMBLING ( 123 )
Nick managed to get down to South Milton Sands - 5m 3f SHOVELER ( on the sea ) ,4 TURNSTONE , LOTS OF GOLDEN PLOVER , in the fields plenty of REDWING & FIELDFARE
THURS 1 MARCH
Another day confined to the house - cannot get out of the courtyard one drift over a metre deep .
Not so much evidence of cold weather movements today - 37 species logged - most interesting - 9 REED BUNTING , 2 CIRL BUNTING , 16 MIPIT ,2 SKYLARK , 6 SONG THRUSH , 1 FIELDFARE ,
5 REDWING , 1 MISTLE THRUSH , 4 GOLDEN PLOVER , 9 LAPWING .
3 LITTLE EGRET 1 CATTLE EGRET , 1 GREAT SP WOODY , 17 STARLING
At Aveton Gifford Eric reported 2 WOODCOCK , GOLDCREST , BLACKCAP , COAL TIT .
AROUND Hope Cove James has seen an increase in GOLDEN PLOVER , LAPWING , SNIPE , on the beach DUNLIN , RINGED PLOVER .
Received an update today on the GREAT GREY SHRIKE I found in Cyprus - photos sent to Lars Svensson who confirms it is the nominate -excubitor, it appears this is the first record for this sub specie in Cyprus .
TURNSTONE on the rocks and mix of CATTLE & LIITLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh 24 FEB 2018
FRI 23 FEB
A cloudy morning with a cold ENE F3/4 wind .
On South Huish Marsh 80 WIGEON , only 10 TEAL , 3 BLACK T GODWIT , 3 LAPWING , in the cattle field 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET, 3 more LITTLE on the Marsh .At 11.00 amongst 150 BLACK H GULL were 4 AD, 1 2W , 1 1W MED GULL
On the rocks 12 TURNSTONE . Offshore 25 GANNET -E , 10 BLACK H GULL in off also an AD MED GULL
On Thurlestone Marsh at 11.30 single CATTLE & LITTLE EGRET , at 17.30 there were 7 CATTLE & 3 LITTLE EGRET .
Becoming difficult to decide just how many CATTLE EGRETS there are on the patch . One interesting point the LITTLE EGRETS are now feeding with the CATTLE EGRETS at the feet of the cattle
PHOTOS 23 FEB - CATTLE AND LITTIE EGRET ON THURLESTONE MARSH , WIGEON AT SOUTH HUISH MARSH ALSO AN AD MED GULL
PHOTOS OF THE MALE RING NECKED DUCK AT BEESANDS LEY 21 JAN
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
A FITTING FESTIVE BIRD - A PARTRIDGE IN A -------
THESE WERE IN A FIELD AT HUXTON CROSS THIS MORNING
Photos of the AMERICAN WIGEON / WIGEON AT South Huish Marsh 14 DEC
Photos of -BLUE ROCK THRUSH , SPANISH SPARROW , LAUGHING DOVE , FERRUGINOUS DUCK , MARSH HARRIER , HOODED CROW , BLACK NECKED GREBE
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
Record shots of BLACK SWAN ( lots of glare ) and LITTLE EGRET Avon Estuary 18 Aug 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
A nice record shot from James K of a BRAMBLING at Huxton Cross on 24 January 2017
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
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 !