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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ROSS'S GULL -9 MAR 2020
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 .
WED 15 SEPT .
PEC SANDPIPER at South Huish Marsh not found this morning- on site - 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 8 RINGED PLOVER ( over ) ,
KINGFISHER , YELLOW WAGTAIL, 6 WHEATEAR, 1 WHINCHAT, 3 WILLOW WARBLER .
At SouthMilton Ley Alan ringed 29 new birds inc- 6 BLACKCAP, 5 CHIFFY, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 REED WARBLER, 1 SPOT FLY .
Also on site - 4 SPOT FLY, 1 REDSTART
TUES 14 SEPT
Richie found a PECTORAL SANDPIPER ( 186 ) on the pool by the overflow car park at South Huish Marsh at -7.30, gave fab views before flying to another part of the marsh at 08.50 Seen again upto early afternoon- also
1 DUNLIN , 1 RINGED PLOVER , 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( 16 reported at 18.00 Monday ) , 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 WHEATEAR.
At South Efford Marsh A GLOSSY IBIS ( 187 ) found by keen young birder Tate and his mother Verity - not seen again , also
12 GREENSHANK , REDSHANK COMMON SANDPIPER, DUNLIN , RINGED PLOVER , 25 CURLEW, 40 TEAL , 6 WIGEON , 10 LITTLE EGRET, 1 KINGFISHER, 1 WHEATEAR, 2 SHELDUCK .
PECTORAL SANDPIPER still present at 18.30 , can be elusive at times
MON 13 SEPT
A cloudy and calm morning. 07.50-0945 Bay/ Marsh
Offshore - 30 GANNET , 21 CORMORANT, 20 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( feeding on sea ), 350 BLACK H GULL, 100 HERRING GULL.
On rocks/ beach- 5 SANDWICH TERN, 9 OYSTERCATCHER,
8 DUNLIN , 15 ROCK PIPIT, 1 WHEATEAR , 1 GREY WAGTAIL .
MARSH - 65 MALLARD, 10 TEAL , 2 MUTE SWAN + 4 cygnets,
4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 SNIPE , 3 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON , 7 CANADA GOOSE, 7 MOORHEN , 4 MIPIT .
In a recently seeded field along the lane were 60 + ALBA WAGTAIL
70 BLACK H GULL
Hirundines - only 5 SWALLOW AND 3 HOUSE MARTIN
SUN 12 SEPT
Report from Eric at South Efford Marsh- 50 TEAL , 4 GREENSHANK,
1 REDSHANK , CURLEW, CIRL BUNTING , 200 SWALLOW - 1 flock
flying over .
Last night a very good MOTH catch- full details on the Moths page , included a stunning CLIFDEN NONPAREIL
FRI 10 SEPT
A cloudy morning with a light shower, offshore visibility much better .
The unprecedented totals of BALEARIC SHEARWATER continue to mount - first reported on 2/9 of 300 , yesterday late afternoon a report of at least 500!- 250 On the sea when a further flock of 250 flew SE , also a lp,ARCTIC SKUA chasing flocks of KITTIWAKE , 2 COMMIC TERN .
This morning I started a Seawatch from Bob's car park from 08.00-
08.40 before moving round to the Marsh/beach . At least 300 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- 2rafts on the sea also birds flying SE across the Bay , 80 GANNET, 100+ KITTIWAKE.
On the beach by the flats ( high tide ) 12 DUNLIN , 3 SANDERLING, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 WHEATEAR, 200 BLACK H GULL , 1 AD 1 2W 2 1W MED GULL.
On the Marsh - 4 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 TEAL , 3 LITTLE EGRET,
1 HERON , 1 WHEATEAR, 4 STOCK DOVE .
A report on the 2 Bird News services of a juv ROSY COLOURED STARLING by Thornbrook House (185 ) at 09.20
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 20 RINGED PLOVER , 1 DUNLIN , 4 GREENSHANK , CURLEW
THURS 9 SEPT
Another morning where birding curtailed due to the heavy rain .
Bay /Marsh 08.00-09.45
Offshore - At least 2 rafts of SHEARWATERS on the sea , difficult to provide accurate numbers because of the swell and poor visibility
in the rain - at least 125 BALEARIC with 25 MANX SHEARWATER,
large movement of GULLS - SE - 80 KITTIWAKE, 1000 + BLACK HEADED ., 3 AD 1 2W 5 1W MED GULL , 4 COMMIC TERNS , 55 GANNET
On the beach - 11 DUNLIN , 2 WHEATEAR, 30 ROCK PIPIT .
ON the Marsh - 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 TEAL , 2 LITTLE EGRET,
3 WHEATEAR , 1 SPRAWK , 1 KESTREL
In my garden - WILLOW WARBLER, CHIFFY, BLACKCAP , CIRL BUNTING.
In Eric's garden a F REDSTART
WED 8 SEPT
Managed to get to South Huish Marsh just as the thunderstorms and heavy rain started - local roads flooded and impassable
08.40 - offshore - 2 rafts of BALEARIC SHEARWATER on the sea total 100 , just 1 GANNET , 100 BLACK H GULL .
On beach/rocks =- 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 DUNLIN , 2 WHEATEAR,
3 1W 1 2W MED GULL
On the Marsh - 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 10 DUNLIN , 4 SNIPE , 2 WHEATEAR
SAT 4 SEPT
With sunny periods and a F5 E wind , a short visit to South Huish Marsh at 12.00- 3DUNLIN , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 SNIPE,
15 TEAL, 1M PINTAIL , 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL , 5 WHEATEAR
FRI 3 SEPT
Overcast morning with a F3 E breeze - bay visited 07.50- 09.45 ,
Offshore - 170 GANNET -SE, 3 FULMAR- SE, 240 MANX SHEARWATER
( biggest flock 150 ) , 55 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- all SE inc 1 flock of 32. 40 HOUSE MARTIN and 16 SAND MARTIN -SE
On rocks - 1 SANDWICH TERN , 1 JUV MED GULL , 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 WHEATEAR.
On South Huish Marsh- 12 DUNLIN , 2 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,
1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 3 SNIPE, 15 TEAL , 10 WHEATEAR, 1 COOT, 40 HOUSE MARTIN 20 SAND MARTIN
Report from an early morning visit - 2 juv KNOT , whilst in the Bay
3 COMMON TERN , TURNSTONE.
Thurlestone Marsh - last night at 20.10 the SWALLOW roost 1000+
Pleased to confirm the outflow pipe has been cleared , water is now flowing out , hopefully over the next few days the shore lines will start to show some mud
THURS SEPT 3
A cloudy morning with a ENE wind F3 increasing to F5 , calm sheltered sea in the bay first thing , arrived in Bob's car park 07.45 did not leave until 09.45 .
Surprising to find 3 rafts of BALEARIC SHEARWATER SAT ON THE SEA about 1 mile off totalling at least 300 birds . Birds were moving between the rafts and some flying off SE . Plenty of food available as groups of GANNET constantly diving - total 120
This a day record count easily passing the 100 feeding offshore on
10 July 2020 .
Also this morning 1 TEAL - on sea , 6 WIGEON -SE, 3 SANDWICH TERN , 1 FULMAR, 3 YELLOW WAGTAIL- SE , 1 KITTIWAKE,
155 HOUSE MARTIN - SE ( flocks of 70, 50., 20, 15 ) , 20 SWALLOW, 5 SAND MARTIN .
On rocks/beach - 1 GOLDEN PLOVER - IN OFF @09.00 , 1 REDSHANK , 11 OYSTERCATCHER
Thurlestone Vill - CIRL BUNTING , 1 WHEATEAR
WED 1 SEPT
A cloudy morning with aNE wind F3 - 2 visits to South Huish Marsh and a short Seawatch this morning-
Offshore - 50 + GANNET , 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA- se @08.27,
15 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER (184 )-SE @
On rocks / beach - 1 ad MED GULL , 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 2 WHEATEAR, 1 GREY WAGTAIL-NW
South Huish Marsh - from both visits + report from Pete Aley
24 TEAL , 80 MALLARD , 1 M PINTAIL ( in Eclipse- never had one in Sept before ) 1 COOT, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON , 20 + YELLOW WAGTAIL, 14 WHEATEAR, 2 REED WARBLER, 2 WILLOW WARBLER
3 CHIFFY, 3 STONECHAT, 60 HOUSE MARTIN , 10 SWALLOW, 5 SAND MARTIN, 1 SWIFT .WHITE WAGTAIL .
WADERS- 11 DUNLIN ( max ) , 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER (12.30 ),
1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 3 WOOD SANDPIPER ( 08.35 , only 2 thereafter) , 3 SNIPE , 2 GREENSHANK ( flew through @ 12.45
Along the lanes at 10.30 5 MISTLE THRUSH - on telephone wires
MON 31 AUG
Over the w/end on Yarmer Beach 8 RINGED PLOVER , 20 OYSTERCATCHER.
Cloudy morning with a NE F3/4 wind .
Offshore around 08.00 - 50 GANNET -SE , 2 FULMAR .
On Rocks/beach - 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 JUV MED GULL , 1 WHEATEAR .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 WOOD SANDPIPER ( 2 on the marsh edge , 1 overflow car park pool )
8 DUNLIN , 1 juv CURLEW SANDPIPER ( 183 ) , 21 WHEATEAR ( only 1 ad male , all in view at the same time ) , 25 TEAL , 65 MALLARD , 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 10 SWALLOW..
Will have to go back over my records as to whether 22 WHEATEAR is a day record count
On South Efford Marsh Eric reported 1 RINGED PLOVER , 1 DUNLIN ,
CURLEW , REDSHANK , GREENSHANK numbers unchanged .
SAT 28 AUG
Sunny morning - lot of visitors beaches crowded.
Walking around the bay 11.30- 15.00 - hotel grounds a juv REDSTART , on the beaches/ golf course - 2 RINGED PLOVER,
1 WHEATEAR, 15 LINNET, 3 STONECHAT
Eric reports from his village - 1 SPOT FLY , WILLOW WARBLER , CHIFFY ,
On South Efford Marsh- 1 KNOT, DUNLIN , GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , CURLEW
FRI 27 AUG
A sunny morning with a light NEbreeze - early morning visit to South Huish Marsh 07.45- 09.45 - all the sightings were on the overflow car park pool or in the field- waders were -1BLACK T GODWIT , 2 WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 DUNLIN, 2 SNIPE , 21 TEAL,
25 STARLING , 11 WHEATEAR, 20 +YELLOW WAGTAIL , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON , 60 MALLARD, 40 HOUSE MARTIN , 15 SWALLOW 3 STONECHAT, 4 MIPIT .
By the footbridge both SEDGE & REED WARBLER .
Areport of a WHIMBREL on the Golf Course
Ringing at South Milton Ley Alan had 34 new birds inc-1 BLACKCAP, 5 CHIFFY, 5 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 GROPPA, 6 REED WARBLER, 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 TREE PIPIT, 1 GREAT SP WOODY . A RINGED PLOVER flew over .
'This afternoon Eric & Roger at South Efford Marsh report -
1 LITTLE STINT, 5 DUNLIN , 30 CURLEW, 6 GREENSHANK , 4 REDSHANK.
THURS 25 AUG
Reports received today - LITTLE STINT still on South Efford Marsh .
On Warren Pt / beach at 08.30 8 WHEATEAR
Aroun 11.00 over Thurlestone Marsh a flock of over 300 HIRUNDINES- 175 SWALLOW , 100 SAND MARTIN , 30 HOUSE MARTIN , all flying E
WED 25 AUG
Report from Eric for South Efford Marsh - low tide .
Good views of a LITTLE STINT (182 ) , 5 DUNLIN , 4 GREENSHANK,
3 REDSHANK, 30 CURLEW, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER .
MON 23 AUG
A morning of sunny periods with a light NE wind .
In the Bay - 70 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 19 SANDWICH TERN ( 15 NW 4 SE ) .
On the rocks - 7 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER , 18 SWALLOW - NW .
South Huish Marsh - overflow pipe still blocked , 102 CANADA GOOSE , 45 MALLARD , 10 TEAL, 2 MOORHEN, 2 HERON , 2 L .EGRET , 2 MUTE SWAN + 4 cyg .2 JUV WHEATEAR, 3 JUV STONECHAT, 2 CHIFFY, 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW . Managed to pick up a GREEN SANDPIPER which landed on the shore , in the field next to the overflow car park 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 6 YELLOW WAGTAIL
around the feet of one of the highland cattle .
The only viewing point ( with the sun behind ) is by the gate where the wooden huts are - someone has got permission to park his camper van in the field which completely block any view of the marsh .
At South Milton Ley Alan had an unprecedented ringing session with only 15 new birds -1 BLACKCAP, 1 CETTIS WARBLER, 1 CHIFFY, 1 GREAT SP WOODY, 4 REED WARBLER, 1 SONG THRUSH , 1 SPRAWK ,
1 WHITETHROAT, 3 TREE PIPIT ( 181) - NO SEDGE WARBLER
a complete contrast to Rob Macklin's report from Soar .
Late last night a BARN OWL flew over my garden
SAT 21 AUG
Report from a Seawatch at Hope with a STORM PETREL - SE also
GANNETS, KITTIWAKE, FULMAR
Eric reports from SOUTH EFFORD MARSH - GREENSHANK , REDSHANK , CURLEW , SHELDUCK, TEAL , when the rain started, a TIT flock , 20 + CHIFFY and 2 WILLOW WARBLER - all on the way back to the reserve gate entrance
Over my garden this morning a calling CURLEW.
FRI 20 AUG
South Efford Marsh/ Tidal road - An OSPREY flew down river at 10.45 , also - 4 GREENSHANK , 2 REDSHANK , 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 23 CURLEW, 4 DUNLIN , 6 RINGED PLOVER,
KINGFISHER, 9 TEAL , 10 SHELDUCK , 1 JUV PEREGRINE.
Over South Huish Marsh this morning 12 SWIFT
News from Nick T - National Trust failed in their attempt to unblock the outflow pipe , they have instructed a local contractor Rodney Stidson to clear it with his JCB - don't know
THURS 19 AUG
Low cloud , rain showers , poor offshore viz resulted in very few birds this morning .
Offshore just 6 GANNET - NW , 5 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 1 FULMAR -NW
On beach/rocks - 4 RINGED PLOVER , 2 DUNLIN , 1 SANDERLING , 1 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 AD MED GULL .
On South Huish Marsh - 52 MALLARD , 2 TEAL, 2 CANADA GOOSE , 2 MUTE SWAN & 4 CYGNETS , 1 HERON , 3 MOORHEN , 8 SWIFT , 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SWALLOW, 1 SPRAWK.
By the footbridge- 3 REED WARBLER, 1 SEDGE WARBLER, 3 WHITETHROAT, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 STONECHAT .
The situation on South Huish Marsh has not been resolved , the outflow pipe is still blocked, the marsh has no areas of mud , water levels are almost at the winter level , in the overflow car park pool the Highland Cattle are up to their hocks when drinking .
For many years this site has been one of DEVON BIRDS best reserves for autumnal passage of waders - this year there is unlikely to be any . It is not worth the cost of fuel , coping with the traffic or car parking charges - the report above was the total of all birds on / over the reserve .
MON 16 AUG
Sunny periods this morning with an increasing F3/4 WNW wind
Watched the Bay from Warren Point from 08.00-0930
Offshore 140 GANNET - NW , plus a feeding flock in excess of 300.
2 SANDWICH TERN-NW, 5 FULMAR -NW, 1M COMMON SCOTER , 1 2W MED GULL , 1juv STONECHAT
On the rocks - 16 OYSTERCATCHER. 3 WHIMBREL , 1 RINGED PLOVER, 1 TURNSTONE
. Very few waders for this time of the year - few people on the beach so not due to disturbance.
SUN 15 AUG
Report from South Efford Marsh - 3 BLACK TAILED GODWIT,
3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN , GREENSHANK, REDSHANK , CURLEW,
1 WHIMBREL, 1 M CIRL BUNTING, SEDGE EARBLER , 3 TEAL
WED 11 AUG
Report of 30 SANDERLING on Yarmer beach ,. GREAT SP WOODY on a garden feeder
On South Milton Sands - 12 RINGED PLOVER , TURNSTONE .
At Aveton Gifford- 2 juv SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
TUES 10 AUG
Rport from Aveton Gifford- in last few days - REDSHANK , GREENSHANK , CURLEW, WHIMBREL , SHELDUCK
Alan ringed 64 new birds at South Milton Ley inc - 14 WILLOW WARBLER, 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 20 SEDGE WARBLER, 5 REED WARBLER, 3 BLACLCAP, 2 GROPPA, 3 GARDEN WARBLER, 3 CHIFFY ,
1 BULLFINCH .
Also on site KESTREL , 3 JUV SPRAWK, 2 CIRL BUNTING, 20 SWIFT, 100 SWALLOW .
He commented nice to see some migrant passage although the ratio of adult to young would indicate a poor breeding season .
MON 9 AUG
After a night of very heavy rain a cloudy morning with a WSW F6 wind
Seawatch from 08.10- -9.40 -
285 GANNET - mostly NW , plus a feeding flock at -9.15 of over 250
off Burgh Island .. 5 SANDWICH TERN - NW , 2 COMMOIC TERN - NW , 9 KITTIWAKE-NW .
15 SWIFT over Thurlestone
Near South MiltonLey- 4 SISKIN
FRI 6 AUG
After a wet day yesterday back to a sunny morning with a W F6/7 wind . Bay watch from -7.40- 09.20
215 GANNET ( inc a feeding flock of 120 ) , 3 FULMAR, 1 KITTIWAKE, 1 SANDWICH TERN.
On the rocks - 3 DUNLIN , 4 RINGED PLOVER, 21 OYSTERCATCHER,
110 BLACK HEADED GULL, 1 AD 2 JUV MED GULL
Nothing on the Marsh - still flooded
Early afternoon Eric had an OSPREY ( 180 ) over Aveton Gifford.
WED 4 AUG
A family party of 8 LONG TAILED TIT , 1 CIRL BUNTING in my garden .
At Aveton Gifford a Lesser Emperor Dragonfly , Coal Tit & NUTHATCH
TUES 3 AUG
A GREENSHANK reported on the tidal road .
At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 42 new birds inc- 4 WILLOW WARBLER, 6 CHIFFY, 8 REED WARBLER, 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 4 BLACKCAP . Also on site - GREEN WOODY, 2 GREAT SP WOODY, 1 SPRAWK, 1 M CIRL BUNTING .
A UK control of a SEDGE WARBLER
He commented not much sign of passage birds mostly local breeders .
Over T'stone 4 SWIFT
MON 2 AUG
A sunny warm and calm morning - resulted in very little observed .
Walked from Golf Club to South Huish Marsh
Offshore - 35 GANNET
On the rocks - 10 OYSTERCATCHER- only wader recorded!
1ad, 1 juv MED GULL , 1 LITTLE EGRET. , 10 ROCK PIPIT
South Huish Marsh - 15 MALLARD , 30 CANADA GOOSE, 2 MUTE SWAN & 4 CYGNETS, 2 MOORHEN , 1 HERON , 30 HOUSE MARTIN , 8 SWALLOW , 3 SAND MARTIN, 4 SWIFT .
The Marsh outlet pipe is still blocked - no mud around the shores .
By the footbridge- 2 STONECHAT , 6 SEDGE WARBLER , 4 REED WARBLER
In my garden - BULLFINCH, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, WREN , ROBIN , MAGPIE .
FRI 30 JULY - TERNS ON SLAPTON BEACH
Althugh not part of the local patch a significant find by Richie , with photos must be mentioned
On the beach at the same time in the afternoon were - ROSEATE TERN, COMMON TERN , ARCTIC TERN , LITTLE TERN ( juv ) and
I think this probably the first time that the 5 species of Sea Terns have been recorded together in the South Hams - take a bow Richie
FRI 30 JULY
An untypical stormy night for July - WNW F 9+ with heavy rain .
After collecting all the garden furniture from around the garden arrived at Bob's car park for 07.25 , difficult seawatching conditions due to the wind rocking the car and the scope !
28 GANNET -NW, 3 MANX SHEARWATER- NW , 1 SANDWICH TERN , 3 DP ARCTIC SKUA- 2 NW ( after attacking the TERN ) @ 07.35, 1 NW @ 09.30 , 2 FULMAR.
On the rocks - 10 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 TURNSTONE.
Ver little on South Huish Marsh - flooded , looks as though the outlet pipe is blocked - just 1 DUNLIN , 20 MALLARD , 4 MOORHEN , 2 MUTE SWAN & 4 cygnets , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 30 BLACK H GULL ,
4 MED GULL - 2ad, 1 2s , 1 juv
WED 28 JULY
Report from South Efford Marsh- 8 CURLEW, 2 GREENSHANK,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 2 RINGED PLOVER ,
1 JUV WHINCHAT .
Huxton Cross - 1 m YELLOWHAMMER
MON 26 JULY
ARRIVED AT South Huish Marsh for 07.10- very little around - 35 MALLARD, 4 MOORHEN , 2 MUTE SWAN ( 4 cygnets still )1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 SAND MARTIN , 1 SWIFT , HOUSE MARTIN , nice surprise a F YELLOW WAGTAIL , 2 juv BLACK H GULL
On the beach/ rocks - 35 DUNLIN , 10 SANDERLING , 12 RINGED PLOVER , 1 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 JUV YELLOW L GULL , 140 BLACK H GULL ( at least 35 juv's ) MED GULL - 5 JUV, 2 2S, 2 AD
Offshore - 5 GANNET -NW
SAT 24 JULY
Report from Richie at South Efford Marsh - 4 COMMON SANDPIPER, 8 CURLEW, 1 PEREGRINE, 1 SPRAWK , also A first sighting in Devon for him of a SCARCE CHASER .
Early evening in/over my garden - 2 GREEN WOODY, CIRL BUNTING, 25 SAND MARTIN , 40 SWALLOW , 8 SWIFT
FRI 23 JULY
Complete change in the weather- cooler , cloudy and a F5/6 ENE wind .
Reort from South Efford Marsh - 2 GREENSHANK , 8 CURLEW,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 juv STONECHAT, 1 juv GREY WAGTAIL
THURS 22 JULY
Aveton Gifford report - GREENSHANK, COMMON SANDPIPER,
South MiltonLey - Alan ringed40 new birds inc - 11 CHIFFY,
8 BLACKCAP, 6 REED WARBLER, 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 WILLOW WARBLER, 1 BULLFINCH, 1 GREAT SP WOODY .
WED 21 JULY
Too hot for birdwatching and too many people .
only reports received- 2 BARN OWL calling near the sewage works
also a COMMON SANDPIPER At Aveton Gifford
SAT 17 JULY
Report from Aveton Gifford- 2 HOBBY , NUTHATCH , 3 JUV SISKIN
MON 12 JULY
Visited the Marsh on Sat morning - so little about there were no entires in my log ! This morning was slightly better with cloudy conditions, light showers and a F2/3 NW breeze .
An hours watch offshore from 08.50 only produced 6 GANNET ,
10 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 20 CORMORANT, 4 GREAT B B GULL .
On South Huish Marsh - 1 MUTE SWAN with 4 cygnets, 3 families of MALLARD with 11 ducklings, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 COOT , 1 HERON , 2 STARLING , 10 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SWIFT , at least 15 young PIED WAGTAIL
On the rocks - 11 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 LITTLE EGRET,
19 BLACK H GULL .
With a period of summer type weather the visitor numbers will be much higher, my visits will not be increasing ,.
My apologies to those of you who follow the blog expecting daily reports - I am spending more of my time on Moths which at present are very good .
FRI 9 JULY
The build up of SWIFT over the fields at Thurlestone continues -
at 11.45 this morning more than 140 in 2 flocks , later this afternoon another 25 flew S over Thurlestone Marsh .
THURS 8 JULY
At South Milton Ley Alan ringed 44 new birds- 8 BLACKCAP,
11 CHIFFY, 5 REED WARBLER, 8 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 SONG THRUSH.
Overthe sewage works - 20 SWIFT , 20 SWALLOW .
Over field near my garden at 12.30 40 SWIFT . IN the garden a
TUES 6 JULY
With no moth traps to empty due to the rain and strong winds took the opportunity to Seawatch from Bob's car park from 07.00- 09.30
WNW F6/7 wind , showers and bright periods .
On the rocks - 25 BLACK H GULL , 24 OYSTERCATCHER.
Offshore - 63 GANNET - mostly SE , 12 MANX SHEARWATER-SE ,
1 FULMAR-NW , 1 KITTIWAKE-SE, 3 SANDWICH TERN-NW .
1 DP ARCTIC SKUA- SE @ 08.10 , 1 BONXIE - NW @ -8.55
MON 5 JULY
Records from my garden - 12 SWIFT, 1 SPRAWK, 1 GREEN WOODY,
BLACKCAP, SEDGE WARBLER.
SUN 4 JULY
A wet morning with heavy showers and a brisk F4 SW wind .
Easier to negotiate the lanes and park with the adverse weather,
08.45 - 10.45 - BAY / MARSH
Offshore - 7 GANNET, 1 FULMAR, 18 MANX SHEARWATER,
on the rocks - 33 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 5 BLACK H GULL , 1 2S MED GULL 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 JUV WHEATEAR,
1 GUILLEMOT .
On / over the Marsh - 20 MALLARD , COOT, MOORHEN , HERON ,
1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( orange /Sandy head and neck- a juv )
1 RAVEN, 2 SKYLARK, LINNET, 3 SWALLOW, 10 HIUSE MARTIN ,
2 SAND MARTIN .
Some unexpected gales on Mon night / Tues morning could be interesting
THURS 2 JULY
An overcast day , slow start to the month caused by sone record moth catches in recent days .
Around my garden - CIRL BUNTING, BULL FINCH., BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, GREAT SP WOODY , GREENFINCH , BUZZARD , KESTREL,
25 SWIFT , SWALLOWS , JAY..
Report of a juv WHEATEAR on the rocks .
At an Aveton Gifford garden - NUTHATCH , COAL TIT, GREAT SP WOODY
GREY HEADED WAGTAIL
Research by Alan Pomroy has found detailed descriptions in the ringers bible-Demongin and Van Duivendijk- both state Thunbergi can show a small white and narrow mark above or just behind the eye - as this was the contentious aspect of the id have now included it on my local patch list - a first
GREY HEADED WAGTAIL - South Huish Marsh 29 April
LONG RANGE RECORD SHOTS OF WOOD SANDPIPER 25 APRIL
&BAR TAILED GODWIT, WHIMBREL
THURS 22 APRIL - BAR WIT FEST
Overcast until,late morning , E F 6/7
Offshore - With strong E winds expectation was high for wader passage - best morning for years
Between 08.00 and 12.15 flocks of BAR TAILED GODWIT were
flying in off the sea , many quite high . I time logged each flock to make sure I was not double counting .I logged 30 separate flock varying from 10 to 150 birds - several over 100 . Total bird logged a staggering 1600. It is certainly my day record ( and it is not finished yet )
Only 2 flocks landed on the rocks briefly, all th others went straight up the valley
For comparison only 4 flocks of Whimbrel totalling 70 birds .
Single DUNLIN & Turnstone , 9 OYSTERCATCHER.
GANNET - 36 -SE, 5 NW , 9 FULMAR .
Surprisingly Tern passage light - 9 SANDWICH , 3 COMMON & 2 ARCTIC .
Only Duck a pair of SHOVELER flew into the Bay and landed on the sea.
For a short period the SPOONBILL landed on the rocks.
1 WHITETHROAT, 1 WHEATEAR, 3 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SWALLOW.
On the Marsh - SPOONBILL , 8 TEAL ,
Evening watch 16.45 - 18.15 -
4 more flocks of BAR WIT totalling 365 giving a day total of 1965 .
also 10 WHIMBREL, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 M SHOVELER, 2 WHEATEAR, 5 SWALLOW and SPOONBILL
Hope report from this morning - 62 WHIMBREL, 5 SANDWICH TERN , 1 AD LITTLE GULL
late evening update- the large flock Est at 200 has been revised by Richie to 435 from his photos , also found 2 GREY PLOVER amongst them
This takes the days total to 2200 - I think this is a site day record ,
anyone know what the Devon record is ? Looking through some old Devon Birds annual reports the highest was 1141 in 1991 and recent years 748 in 2011 - well smashed !
With the E winds continuing for most of the weekend how many Bar Wits will be recorded?
WED 21 APRIL - SPOONBILL , GREYLAG GOOSE , FLOCK OF BAR WIT
16 April - YELLOW WAGTAIL at South Huish Marsh from Richie
13 APRIL - LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, RING OUZEL- at South Huish Marsh- Richie Moore
TUES 13 APRIL
Reports received today -
Hope 07.00- 08.05 & 08.45- 09.35
5 RED T DIVER, 4 COMMIC TERN , 3 SANWICH TERN , 22 COMMON SCOTER , 8 WHIMBREL - N in off .
Thurlestone Bay - 6 WHIMBREL flying across the bay
Yarmer Beach - 2 RINGED PLOVER, yesterday 14 TURNSTONE
Tidal Road - 1 BLACK SWAN , GOLDCREST, BLACKCAP , GREAT SP WOODY
My garden - BULLFINCH, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY, KESTREL
Evening report for South Huish Marsh -
Richie found a superb Male RING OUZEL ( in paddock at side of the copse )( 152 ) - This could be a first for this site , also 1 WHIMBREL,
7 SHELDUCK, 15 TEAL, 1 WATER PIPIT , LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still , 4 SWALLOW
MON 28 DEC
With the possibility of further CORVID 19 restrictions decided to drive over to Bude Marshes where the SOCIABLE LAPWING had been relocated after its stay around Lands End
Spent well over an hour looking at it - at least in dry and sometimes bright if cold conditions.
My 3rd life tick this year , a very enjoyable day out - 3 photos below , more on the 2020 SEPT photos page
WED 23 DEC
Rain, Rain, & more Rain ☔️
South Huish Marsh 09.15-11.15 viewed from the car !
A site first picked up on the right hand corner - LESSER YELLOWLEGS ( photos below ) - must be the South Efford Marsh bird , also 8 RINGED PLOVER, 1 DUNLIN , 25 OYSTERCATCHER , amongst the 100 BLACK H GULL 1 AD, 2 1W MED GULL , 50 HERRING GULL, 10 GREAT B B GULL , 2 LESSER B B GULL .
WIGEON & TEAL present - not counted .
SUN 20 DEC
A morning of sunny periods and showers with a F5/6 SW wind .
09.15 Seawatch- 120 GANNET, 1 2W MED GULL -SE , 2 KITTIWAKE, 3 RAZORMOT, 2 SHAG .
On South Huish Marsh- 120 WIGEON , 40 TEAL, 2 LITTLE GREBE,
1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 F BLACK REDSTART,
29 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 RINGED PLOVER , 2 PEREGRINE-over .
An albino GREAT N DIVER has been reported in the Salcombe Est
2 photos from Alan - a most unusual seasonal record
GOOSANDER -SOUTH HUISH MARSH - ALAN DOIDGE
GREAT PHOTOSOF THE LESSER YELLOWLEGS AT SOUTH EFFORD MARSH FROM ALAN DOIDGE
FRI 18 SEPT - WADERS ON THE KELP-KNOT, DUNLIN , SANDERLING RINGED PLOVER
OSPREY over the River Avon 22 AUG
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
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
FRI 28 JUNE
For a full frame image press on the photo
FANTASTIC PHOTO FROM RICHIE MOORE OF A M KENTISH PLOVER
ONLY THE SECOND RECORD IN LAST 20 YEARS !
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 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