Thurlestone Bay is a bird rich area of the South Hams (part of Devon).

Having lost Thurlestone Marsh.earlier this year when it was drained agreed with Eric Wotton to redraw the patch boundry to include the Avon Estuary which will incorporate the very impressive  South Efford Marsh

 

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Have posted a copy of the 2019 ANNUAL REVIEW -to access choose the appropriate header 

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

2020 Monthly  Review 

ROSS'S GULL 

News this morning ( 12/3 ) the adult bird found on the Marsh on Monday has been located on the Plymouth Estuary giving more Devon birders of seeing this stunning bird .

Both the weekly reviews from Bird Guides & Rare Bird Alert picked it out as the outstanding bird of the week- with supporting photos from Richie Moore and myself .In The Birds of Devon it is described as accidental with only 5 previous records - the last was a 1 summer on the Exe Estuary in May / June 2014.
A very nice addition to the South Huish Marsh ( and the local patch )

species list . This site still keeps turning up some B B  Rarities , 

it is also the 16th specie of Gull that I have recorded on the Marsh 

or offshore .

MON 6 JULY 

 A morning of sunny periods with a F4/5 W wind .Seawatch from the car park -7.10- 09.25 - 

345 GANNET ( 80 SE, 265-NW ) , 3 FULMAR - NW , 4 BALERIC SHEARWATER-NW , 64 MANX SHEARWATER-NW ( largest flock only 10 ), 1 ARCTIC SKUA - SE @07.56 light phase , 7 RAZORMOT,

1 RAVEN , on the rocks 17 OYSTERCATCHER.

Main interest of the morning was a continuous passa ge of GULLS flying NW , some close inshore feeding on sprat/ whitebait- 

At least 2000 HERRING GULL with another 500 on the rocks at Bolt Tail , 90 + BLACK HEADED , 26 MED GULL and best of all a 1s LITTLE 

GULL, only 5 GREAT B B GULL 

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports 2 MISTLE THRUSH and a family party of BULLFINCH .

During the day some passage of SWALLOW over my garden - at least 25 in small family parties and 2 SWIFT .

Poor catch in the Moth Trap due to the wind- 2 Common Wainscot, 

2 Buff Ermine , 2 Hart & Dart , 1Clay ( new for year ) 

SUN 5 JULY 

 After o/night rain a morning of sunny periods- Seawatch from Bob's car park 06.30- 09.15 - not quite up to expectations .

590 GANNET ( 140 Se , 450 NW ) , 4 FULMAR , 12 MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 34 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( flocks of 8 & 6 on the sea , 20 NW ) , 9 KITTIWAKE, 9 MED GULL , 10 BLACK H GULL , 15 LESSER B B GULL , 18 GREAT B B GULL , Constant passage of HERRING GULL estimated at a total of 1600 + , 4 RAZORMOT, 

1 PUFFIN ( SE @ 07.52 ) 

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 8 CURLEW, 6 SHELDUCK , 2 COAL TIT, family party of NUTHATCH .

FRI 3 JULY 

A morning of sunny periods with a WSW F 6/7 wind . No Seawatch just a walk from the Golf Club to South Huish Marsh - 09.00- 11.30 

On the rocks - 32 MED GULL ( 18 ad, 10 2s , 3 1s , 1 Juv ) , 

18 BLACK H GULL ( 2 juv ) , 10 OYSTERCATCHER, 

Offshore - 31 GANNET , 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- NW @ 10.12 .

On South Huish Marsh - 40 MALLARD , 1 SHELDUCK, 4 MOORHEN +

2 young , 1 COOT , 2 MUTE SWAN + 4 cyg , 3 SWIFT .

At 11.30 on Leasfoot Beach - 21 MED GULL & 12 BLACK H GULL - assumed part of the earlier flocks - there were 12 Kite Surfers this morning . 
At Aveton Gifford Eric had 5 SISKIN ( 170 ) over his garden 

In the moth trap first Scarce Footman .
 

THURS 2 JULY 

A morning of sunny periods with a F4 SWWind .

Bay watched from 08.30 - 10.30 - 12 GANNET , 13 BALEARIC SHEARWATER- NW ( 1 @ 09.20, 9 @ 09.45, 3 @ 09.50), 

4 COMMON SCOTER, 6 KITTIWAKE, 2 RAZORMOT, 

On the rocks - 20 BLACK H GULL ( 1juv ) 44 MED GULL ( 28 ad , 9 2s, 5 1s , 2 juv ) 2 LITTLE EGRET, 7 OYSTERCATCHER.

Yesterdays record count didn't last long - noticeable as to how the flocks compared age wise .

 

WED 1 JULY 

Start of a new month with cloudy conditions, SW F 4 wind .

Seawatch from 09.00 - 10.30 - 22 GANNET, 2 FULMAR , 2 Small flocks of SHEARWATER- 12 MANX - NW @-9.40 , 9BALEARIC - NW @

10.14 , 2 KITTIWAKE.

On the rocks a flock of GULLS - 2 LESSER B B, 30 MED ( 27 ad, 2 2s , 1 1s ) 22 BLACK HEADED . The Med Gull total could be a day record count . 
Around South Huish Marsh - 1 juv SHELDUCK , 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 8 SWALLOW , 2 WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP , CHIFFY, 8 LINNET, 

2 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 COOT, 3 MOORHEN , 2 MUTE SWAN 

At Huxton Cross - SKYLARK, YELLOWHAMMER, RAVEN 

An hour this afternoon fro 15.30 around my garden 25 species inc - 

CHIFFY, REED WARBLER , BLACKCAP, CHAFFINCH GREEN FINCH , GOLDFINCH, GREEN WOODY , PIED WAGTAIL , 8 SWALLOW, 6 SWIFT .

Around Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 8CURLEW , SHELDUCK, 1 AD MED GULL , 27 BLACK H GULL , GREAT SP WOODY, GREY WAGTAIL , SPOT FLY, BULLFINCH , 2 SAND MARTIN 

MOTH TRAP -2 Striped Wainscot , 1 Dot Moth , 1 Crescent Moth , 1 Uncertain, 1 Slender Pug , 5 Large Yellow Underwing, 18 Heart & Dart.
 

Mon 29 JUNE.

A cloudy morning with light showers , wind SW F6  - quieter today .

85 GANNET, 1 FULMAR,1 1S COMMON GULL ,7 BLACK H GULL , 3 AD

MED GULL, . ON rocks 14 OYSTERCATCHER, first juv WHEATEAR.

MOTH TRAP

1 Garden Tiger, 2 Crescent Dart, 1 Dark Arches, 1 Early Thorn 

1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Common Wainscot, 2 Bright Line

Brown-Eye. 20 Heart & Dart 

 

SUN 28 JUNE 

A morning of sunny periods with an F5 SW wind . Seawatch from the flats 07.20- 09.10 , still having some difficulty in picking up the SHEARWATERS due to the rough seas- far fewer this morning .

400 GANNET ( 350 + SE ) , 3 FULMAR, 25 MANX S'WATER-NW .,

4 BALEARIC SHEARWATER-NW, 1 MED GULL , 6 BLACK H GULL , 15 KITTIWAKE, 6 RAZORMOT, 8 OYSTERCATCHER.

At 07.55 a STORM PETREL ( 169 ) picked up flying SE across the waves just outside the rock 

SAT 27 JUNE 

A cloudy morning with heavy showers , SSW F 5/6 wind .

Interesting mornings seawatching from the flats -9.00-11.30 .

27- GANNET - NW , 3 FULMAR, 142 MANX SHEARWATER, 15+ 

'BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 14 MED GULL ( inc 1 flock of 5 ad ), 

9 BLACK H GULL , 1 KITTIWAKE, 2 RAZORMOT, 7 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE.

One of the largest day counts of BALEARIC SHEARWATER- over 190 past Berry Head .! Rough seas made positive identification difficult.

First returning TURNSTONE was nice .

Nothing new on South Huish Marsh 

FRI 26 JUNE 

Only the Moth Trap report today - 1 ELEPHANT HAWK, 2 PRIVET HAWK , 1 EYED HAWK , 1 STRIPED WAINSCOT, 1 COMMON WAINSCOT, 2 SATIN WAVE , 1 RIBAND WAVE , 1 BUFF TIP , 

16 LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING , 18 HEART & DART , 1 HEART & Club , 9 FLAME , 1 POPLAR GREY , 1 BUFF ERMINE, 1 RUSTIC , 1 BROAD BARRED WHITE, 1 CRESCENT DART, 4 DARK ARCHES , 

1 BURNISHED BRASS.

Photos of the Hawk Moths on the 2020 photos page 

WED 24 & THURS 25 JUNE 

No birding reports partly due to lack of birds but also far too many people on the beaches . Nice to meet up with Graham Daw after almost 18 months now his eye operations men he can confidently 

drive again - lots of reminiscing about our trips to Cyprus & La Brenne.

Last night was a superb Moth night lots of activity and at least 11 new species .

Wed 24th -1 Brimstone , 1 Swallow- tailed, 1 Flame , 1Flame Shoulder, 2 Silver Y , 21 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Common Wainscot, 12 Heart & Dart, 5 Dark Arches, 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Mottled Beauty, 1 Double Square Spot .

 

THURS 25TH -3 ELEPHANT HAWK , 1 PRIVET HAWK , 1 Magpie , 1 Small Magpie, 2 Dot Moth, 1 Lackey, 4 Dark Arches, 1 Willow Beauty, 1 Speckled Yellow , 1 Riband Wave , 19 Large Yellow Underwing, 12 Heart & Dart , 1 Common Emerald , 1 Fan Foot, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peppered, 2 Flame, 1 Straw Dot, 1 Treble Brown Spot , 

1 Light Arches, 1 Small Angle Shades , 1 Thistle Ermine , 1 Dun-bar 

Some photos on 2020 photos page 

TUES 23 JUNE 

A lovely sunny day - 90 min Seawatch from 07.25-

30GANNET, 8 FULMAR, 1 MANX SHEARWATER-NW, 7 KITTIWAKE,

10 BLACK H GULL, 2 2S MED GULL, 10 COMMON SCOTER-SE , 

amongst the wagtails on the rocks a Juv GREY WAGTAIL .

NO OYSTERCATCHER- just 5 surfers !

On the Marsh , 3 RAVEN , 2 BLACK H GULL .

Alan ringed 27 birds inc-5 REED WARBLER, 4 SEDGE WARBLER, 

3 BLACKCAP, 4 CHIFFY , 1 REED BUNTING , a retrap CIRL BUNTING 

MOTH TRAP--IN Eric's Garden 2 Scarlet Tiger Moth .

my garden -3Dark Arches, 10 Large Yellow Underwing, 10 Heart & Dart, 1 Elephant Hawk, 1Silver Y., 3 Buff Ermine , 1 Buff Tip , 1 Pale Tussock, 1 Common Swift , 1 Common Wave

MON 22 JUNE 

A sunny morning with an F3 SW breeze . Very quiet today !

 Offshore only birds logged in an hour from 09.00- 3 GANNET, 

2 KITTIWAKE, 4 MED GULL ( 3 1s , 1 ad ) .On the rocks - 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 20 + juv PIED WAGTAIL.

Moth trap ( almost as bad ) - 5 LARGE YELLOW UNDERWING , 

1 DARK ARCHES, 4 HEART & DART , 1 FLAME SHOULDER , nice to find 3 fresh SWALLOW - TAILED MOTH 

SUN 21 JUNE

A sunny morning with a F4 SW wind . Seawatch 08.00- 09.15

On the rocks 28 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 6 BLACK H GULL

Offshore - 7 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 4 MED GULL ( 3 2s, 1 ad ),

3 KITTIWAKE, 4 RAZORMOT, 4 SWIFT ( flew N at least 1 mile off )

11.00 - Hatch Bridge - 35 SWIFT , 15 SAND MARTIN , 2 BLACKCAP, 1 GREY WAGTAIL.Earlier Rod Bone had GREEN SANDPIPER and 2HOBBY 

TOP MARSH - 15 SWIFT , Tidal Road- 5 BLACK H GULL , 1 SHELDUCK, 8 LITTLE EGRET.

Eric reported- North Marsh - 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, South Efford Marsh - 1 CURLEW.

No sign of yesterday's BLACK STORK- There have only been 2 patch records- Thurlestone Marsh 27 April 1985 ( then spent until 1 May

on the Erie Estuary) and 24 August 1993 on the top Marsh at Aveton Gifford .

SAT 20 JUNE 

Only the Moth Trap this morning - my 4th Hawk Moth - a Small 

Elephant Hawk along with 3 Elephant Hawk , 3 Brimstone , 5 Dark Arches, 6 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Flame , 1 Silver Y, 10 Heart & Dart, 1 Common Wainscot, 1 White Ermine, 1 Snout , 1 Garden Carpet.1 Bright Line Brown Eyes , 1 Iron Prominent .

LATE NEWS - A report on Rare Bird Alert of a BLACK STORK (168 ) over Aveton Gifford flying towards Loddiswell at 12.30 . Any further information would be very welcome .

Search parties out in the morning 

FRI 19 JUNE 

Started bright periods, heavy rain 09.40- 11.00- poor viz in rain .

seawatch from flats 08.30- 11.30

55 GANNET ( 36-SE, 19 NW only 12 ad ) , 7 FULMAR ( 5 SE, 2 NW )

15 MANX SHEARWATER ( 14 NW , 1 SE ) 6 RAZORMOT-SE, 

10 COMMON SCOTER -NW.

On the rocks- 14 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 BLACK H GULL, 

THURS 18 JUNE 

Overcast morning with a lot of mist - poor offshore visability.

Nothing at all offshore with just 15 OYSTERCATCHER & 1 LITTLE EGRET on the rocks .

On South Huish Marsh - 2 SWIFT , 7 SWALLOW , 20 HOUSE MARTIN,

3 STARLING, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 10 PIED WAGTAIL, SEDGE WARBLER,2 COOT, 2 MOORHEN with 4 young , 1 MALLARD WITH 6 young , pair of SHELDUCK down to 1 young, 1 HERON , 1 LITTLE EGRET.

The Moth Trap provided a lot more interest- 2 Privet and 1 Elephant Hawk Moths , 2 Peppered, 3 Dark Arches, 11 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Snout, 1 Brimstone, 1 Buff Tip , 14 Heart & Dart, 1 Magpie, 1 Green Pug ,2 Buff Ermine , 1 Heart & Club .

 

WED 17 JUNE 

Large number of Moths trapped last night- only time to process them so birding on hold 

Singles of Privet , Popler and Elephant Hawk Moth, 4 Buff Ermine, 

2 White Ermine , 8 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Angle Shades,

1 Peppered, 1 Dot Moth , 1 Willow Beauty, 6 Heart & Dart, 

1 Marbled Minor, 1 Common Wave, 1 Flame , 1 Sandy Carpet,

1 Light Arches ,1 Foxclub Pug , 1 Doubled Lode

TUES 16 JUNE 

A walk around the Buckland Valley this morning cut short after 90 mins due to a heavy shower. 24 species logged inc -

BLACKCAP , CHIFFY , GREAT SP WOODY , CIRL BUNTING, 

COAL TIT , LITTLE EGRET, 4 SONG THRUSH , 12 BLACKBIRD ,

SWALLOW , SWIFT AND HOUSE MARTIN ( could only find 1 pair of the Martin ) 

Moth Trap - 3 Elephant Hawk , 8 Large Yellow Underwing, 

6 Heart & Dart, 1 Dark Arches , 1 Brimstone, 1 Buff Ermine , 

1 Treble Lines and 1 Cream Bordeed Green Pea - photographs on the 2020 photo page 

15 JUNE 

A sunny morning with calm conditions . Seawatch 07.30-08.30 

only 3 GANNET , 1 FULMAR, 2 MANX S'WATER, 2 RAZORMOT, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 5 OYSTERCATCHER 

South Huish Marsh - new families- 2 SHELDUCK +3 new ducklings ,

3 MOORHEN + 3 young , 1F/JUV GADWALL , , 17 STARLING , 

10 JUV PIED WAGTAIL, 4 SWIFT , 2 CHIFFY , 1M BLACKCAP .

Moth Trap -1 Brimstone Moth , 1Privet Hawk , 1 Poplar Hawk ,

6 Buff Ermine , 3 White Ermine , 3 Large Yellow Underwing, 

1 Dark Arches , 8 Heart & Dart, 1 Shuttle shaped Dart, 1 Flame , 

2 Smokey Wainscot, 1 Least Minor 

SAT 13 JUNE 

A cloudy morning with an E F3 increasing 5 wind 

Bay watched from 07.30-09.00. First surprise on the rocks a CURLEW and a WHIMBREL , at -7.40 they took off together calling as they flew up the valley .Also on the rocks 10 OYSTERCATCHER,

1 LITTLE EGRET.

Offshore - 44 GANNET , 8 FULMAR , 211 MANX SHEARWATER- NW , 

4 RAZORMOT, 1 PUFFIN -SE @ 07.42, 1 SWIFT .

At Aveton Gifford Eric had a REED WARBLER in his small garden 

FRI 12 JUNE 

A cloudy morning with frequent showers. Seawatch from the flats 07.20-09.00- 27 GANNET, 1 FULMAR, 1 KITTIWAKE, 4 SANDWICH TERN , 10 RAZORMOT, 4 RAZORBILL, 8 OYSTERCATCHER,

5 COMMON SCOTER-NW, 1 REDSHANK - rocks . 5 juv PIED WAGTAIL - Beach .

late morning at South Efford Marsh  Eric / Rod reported a KNOT , also 3pairs of SHELDUCK with a total of 19 ducklings .

'Yesterday Rod had a GREENSHANK and a KINGFISHER.

THURS 11 JUNE 

A stormy and wet night produced a cloudy dry morning with a F6/8 ENE wind .

Seawatch from the shelter of the flats - 08.30-11.00 -

110 GANNET, 16 FULMAR, 32 MANX SHEARWATER- NW , 

25 CORMORANT, 27 RAZORMOT, 11 RAZORBILL-NW, 1 SHAG,  LITTLE EGRET.On the rocks 6 OYSTERCATCHER.

Interestingly a total of 7 SWIFT came in off the sea - all singles apart from a group of 3.

On South Huish Marsh family parties of - 2 MUTE SWAN + 4, 

2 SHELDUCK + 5, 2 CANADA GOOSE +2 , 4 COOT + 1 .

No Moth trap last night 

WED 10 JUNE 

ROAD out of the Mead Estate closed today for resurfacing .

Garden Watch from 07.45- 08.55 - 33 species inc - 1GANNET , 

2 CORMORANT, 4 GREENFINCH , 20 + GOLDFINCH , 3 CHAFFINCH , 

17 SWALLOW , 5 SWIFT, 1 PIED WAGTAIL , 1 STONECHAT , 1 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 CHIFFY , 2 BLACKCAP , 1 KESTREL , 1 SPRAWK , BUZZARD , SONG THRUSH .

 

MOTH TRAP - 3 Privet Hawk Moth , 1COMMON White Wave , 

1 Common Plume , 2 Common Wainscot , 15 Heart & Dart, Treble Lines , 6 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Beautiful Carpet , 1 Spectacle , 

1 Buff Ermine, 1 White Ermine , 2 Dark Arches , 1 Uncertain , 

2 Vines Rustic , 

TUES 9 JUNE 

A nice sunny morning with only a light breeze . Seawatch from the flats quiet from 07.30- 08.45 - 22 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 

7 RAZORBILL, 17 RAZORMOT, 7 COMMON SCOTER - NW , 

1 RAVEN , 8 JUV ROCK PIPIT ( on beach/ rocks ) .4 SHELDUCK ON 

grassy point on Burgh Island ( nesting ?) 

Highlight of the morning on South Huish Marsh - the pair of Mute Swan were swimming with 4 Cygnets ( yesterday she was still on the nest ) this is the largest number of young for some years . Also

a pair of SHELDUCK with 5 day old ducklings.

12 STARLING ( all black ! ) in the copse 

 

Moth Trap - 1 Privet Hawk moth , 6 Heart & Dart , 1 Treble Lines , 

2 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Garden Carpet , 1 Rivulet 

MON 8 JUNE 

Cloudy morning but only a light breeze . Bay & Marsh watch 07.30-

-9.10 .- 33 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 75 MANX SHEARWATER-NW ,

1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER -NE @ -8.05 , 6COMMON SCOTER-NW , 

1 PUFFIN-on sea 07.45 , 30 RAZORMOT-NW, 5 SANDERLING -on beach .

Marsh - 6 SWIFT, 20 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 SHELDUCK 3 juv STONECHAT , 5 STARLING .

Combined totals for the moth trap for last 2 nights - 

1 Elephant Hawk Moth , 2 White Ermine , 1 Buff Ermine , 3 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Clouded Silver , 1 Marbled Minor , 1 Ingrailed Clay , 2 Treble Libes , 19 Heart & Dart , 

1 Setaceous Hebrew Charecter 

SUN 7 JUNE 

Sat late afternoon Alan had 2 1s MED GULLS in the Bay and on Friday afternoon Andy Smith had 20 SANDERLING & 7 DUNLIN

on the beach .

SAT 6 JUNE 

Early morning sunny periods with a few light showers .

Seawatch from the flats 07.35- 09.00- 94 GANNET , 10 FULMAR 

( inc one group of 5 NW ) , 19 MANX SHEARWATER , 1 KITTIWAKE, 

14 RAZORMOT, 1 LITTLE EGRET , 16 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 HOBBY -N 

FRI 5 JUNE 

Only the Moths to report today - 2Elephant Hawk Moths , 

12 Heart & Dart, 1 Buff Ermine, 1 White Ermine, 1 Treble Lines , 

1 Burnished Brass, 2 Common Wainscot, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 

1Coronet, 1 Marbled Minor , 1Rustic, 1 Knot Grass 

THURS 4 JUNE 

A morning of sunny periods with initially just a light NW breeze .

Bay watched from the flats 07.25- 07.55 .

On the rocks - 10 SANDERLING, 4 DUNLIN , 3 RINGED PLOVER , 

14 OYSTERCATCHER.

Offshore - 38 GANNET , 3 FULMAR , 3 RAZORMOT. At 08.03 a

GREAT N DIVER flew NW ( don't get very many June records )

South Huish Marsh - 15 House Martin , 1 Sand Martin , 5 WHITETHROAT, SEDGE WARBLER, F MALLARD with 8 day old ducklings - no sign of the SHELDUCK family .

Another interesting collection of Moths overnight -

Singles of Eyed and Elephant Hawk Moth , 8 Heart & Dart , 5 Treble Lines , 2 Uncertain, 2 Buff Ermine , 1 White Ermine , 1 Marbled Minor , 1 Middle Barred Minor, 1  Light Emerald , 1 Coronet, 1 Clouded Silver , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Common Wainscott, 1 Barred Straw

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 6 BLACK H GULL , 1 TREE CREEPER .

WED 3 JUNE 

 A big change in the weather - first rain for weeks , confined me to the house , best count of Moths -35 in total of 15 species . Kept me 

busy until lunchtime .

10 Heart & Dart , 8 Treble Lines , 2 Buff Ermine , 2 White Ermine, 

singles of - Common Wainscot , Buff Tip , Clouded Silver, Flame , 

Peppered Moth ., Blood Vein , Double Square Spot , Vines Rustic , 

Silver Ground Carpet, Knot Grass , Spruce Carpet 

Some photos on the 2020 photos page .

TUES 2 JUNE 

Another sunny morning with only a light breeze .Sat at Warren Pt 

07.45- 09.00 - very little offshore - 350+ HERRING GULL ( sat on sea ), 1 FULMAR , 2 GANNET , 1 SHELDUCK, 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 

5 SWIFT -N .

Along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford - 5 LITTLE EGRET , 2 GREY WAGTAIL, 4 COAL TIT , 3 GREAT SP WOODY, NUTHATCH , SPOTTED FLY .

Eric reports - KINGFISHER, MISTLE THRUSH , BULLFINCH, 2 SWIFT , 1 SPOT FLY , late afternoon in his garden 9 recently fledged WREN .

First ringing session by Alan at South Milton Ley - 56 birds inc -

2 BLACKCAP , 3 CHIFFY, 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 7 SEDGE WARBLER, 

13 REED WARBLER, 1 REED BUNTING . 2 OFTHE REED WARBLER 

'were UK controls , 1 of the SEDGE  was a French control 

Moth Trap - Singles of Privet , Eyed Hawk , Elephant Hawk , 1 Dark 

Arches , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Pale Oak Beauty, 1 White Ermine , 5 Treble Lines , 6 Heart & Dart 

1 JUNE 

Another lovely sunny day with an ENE F 4 wind .Started with a Balcony Watch 07.10- 07.50 - 25 species logged - 3 GREENFINCH, 

5 SWIFT , 8 SWALLOW, 7 GANNET, 2 SONG THRUSH, 2 BLACKCAP, SEDGE WARBLER, 9 MALLARD, 2 BUZZARD .

Around South Huish Marsh -7 WHITETHROAT ( 2 juv's ), 

CANADA GOOSE ( 2 gosling )5 SHELDUCK ( 7 young ), 1 HERON , 1 SWIFT , 30 HOUSE MARTIN , 8 SWALLOW , 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 2JV STONECHAT, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

At South Milton Ley - 1F MALLARD + 8 young , 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 HERON , 5 CHIFFY , 5 BLACKCAP, GOLDCREST, CETTIS WARBLER, 

1M 1F REED BUNTING, REED WARBLER, SEDGE WARBLER.

In the lanes - 2 WHITETHROAT, 1F YELLOWHAMMER.

At Aveton Gifford - 1 SPOT FLY , JAY , SPRAWK STARLING .

51 species recorded 

SUN 31 MAY 

Another day kept away from the coast - cars parked everywhere!

GREEN WOODY over my garden this afternoon 

Moth Trap - 1 Privat Hawk Moth , 2 Large Yellow Underwing ,

3 Buff Ermine , 1 Barred Straw, 1 Common Wainnscott , 

5 Heart & Dart, 1 Mottled Rustic ( also one yesterday ) 

SAT 30 MAY 

Kept away from the coast , far too many visitors .

Only report received was from John - a CUCKOO calling at South MiltonLey .

Moth Trap - 1 Elephant Hawk Moth , 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 

1 Buff Tip , 1 White Ermine , 2 Buff Ermine, 1 Common Wainscot,

4 Heart & Dart , 4 Treble Lines.

Elephant Hawk Moth below- more photos on Photo 2020 page 

FRI 29 MAY 

Spell of sunny mornings with a brisk E F6 wind continues.

Seawatch from Warren Pt 07.45- 09.00- 16 GANNET , 4 FULMAR, 

3 RAZORMOT, 2 PUFFIN ( 1 @ 08.15, 1@ 08.18 both SE ) 

4 MANX SHEARWATER, 5 SWALLOW , 1 WHITETHROAT. At 09.00

watch 2 SHELDUCK swimming SE about 200 yards off the point ,

Following them 12 day old ducklings - despite choppy waters they made good progress.

Moth Trap- 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Buff Ermine , 2 Common Quaker, 1 Hebrew Charector, 7 Heart & Dart, 6 Treble Lines 

 

THURS 28 MAY 

Another sunny day with a brisk F6/7 E wind .

Short Seawatch from 09.15 - 10.00 - very little -7 FULMAR , 5 RAZORMOT, 1 WHIMBREL.

On South Huish Marsh a BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 SHELDUCK + young , 2 SWIFT , 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 1 LESSER B B GULL , 

'juv  PIED WAGTAIL , 2 WHITETHROAT, SEDGE WARBLER .

At South Milton Ley Alan reports a calling CUCKOO , 2 WHITETHROAT.

 

Moth Trap - singles of Poplar, Privat, Eyed Hawkmoth , 2 Brimstone, 

9 Treble Lines , 6 Heart & Dart , 1 Heart & Flame , 1 Green Carpet, 

1 Common Wainscot. 

TUES 26 MAY 

Another glorious sunny morning with little breeze ,arrived at Warren Pt for 07.45 - left at 09.00 - 3 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 3 SHELDUCK, 7 COMMON SCOTER ( 3m 4f - on sea )15 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 WHIMBREL , 2 SANDERLING flew across the Bay .total of 32 CORMORANT logged - largest group 5, 2 WHITETHROAT, At lest 3 PST of ROCK PIPIT feeding young.

Moth Trap - 1 Puss Moth, 1 Blood Vein , 1 Clouded Border, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 Spectacle, 1 Muslin , 2 Heart & Dart , 5 Treble Lines , 1Angle  Shades 

 

MON 25 MAY 

Glorous warm and sunny day . In view of the expected large number of visitors decided to limit ourselves to a short local walk .

Main interest was the moth trap -1 Poplar Hawkmoth , 1 Eyed Hawkmoth , 1 Large Yellow Underwing , 1 Muslin, 2 Treble Lines ,3 Heart & Dart , 1 Clouded Border.

The Hawkmoths are really superb - now have had 3 species over the last 10days .Photos below - Eyed , Privet  & Poplar Hawkmoth 

SUN 24 MAY 

Started cloudy with a F4/5 W wind 

Seawatch from car park 07.30- 08.00 - 16 GANNET,3 FULMAR , 

1 RAZORMOT, 2 SWALLOW -N .

Walked over to the Marsh - 2 WHITETHROAT, REED &SEDGE WARBLER by the footbridge, 2 STONECHAT with 3 young .

On the Marsh - 8 SHELDUCK ( one pair still with 8 young ) 

115 HERRING GULL . In the copse - 1m BLACKCAP , 1M CHAFFINCH .

At 11.30 Eric watched 2 LP ARCTIC SKUA fly up the valley at Aveton Gifford ( a local patch first ) 

Moth trap - 1Private Hawk Moth , 6 Heart & Dart , 2 Treble Lines

SAT 23 MAY 

Heavy rain at 06.30 gave way to a sunny morning, W wind F7/8.

Started in Bobs car park at 07.20 , because of the wind had to move to the flats , finished 09.20 - 148 GANNET , 13 FULMAR , 50 MANX S'WATER, 1 COMMON TERN ( flew round the rock then SE )

4KITTIWAKE , 2 SHELDUCK, 4 SWIFT & 2 SWALLOW -N ( offshore) 

4 RAZORMOT, 7 PUFFIN ( all SE 1 @ 07.25, 2@08.05, 3@ 09.00, 1@ 09.15 )-in the 20 years I have been seawatching the Bay this is a 

day record total .

At 09.25 scoping the fences around the paddock pickup a F RED 

BACKED SHRIKE ( 167 )- only on view for a minute , it flew off when a fox came into the paddock beneath where it was perched . Could not be relocated . This is my 3rd patch record the last was in July 2015

Early evening James reports a dp Arctic Skua in the Bay 

At Aveton Gifford a SPOT FLY 

Moth trap-1 LYCHNIS, 1Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Heart & Dart ,

4 Treble Lines , 1 Hebrew Charector.

 

FRI 22 MAY 

Complete weather change - cloudy WSW F 6 wind 

Seawatch 07.30- 09.00 -115 GANNET, 6 FULMAR , at 08.05 a BALEARIC SHEARWATER (166), followed at 08.30 by a small group of 6 MANX SHEARWATER, 2 KITTIWAKE, 2 GUILLEMOT, 

16 RAZORMOT, 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 17 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG .

On the Marsh just 6 SHELDUCK.

Richie had a RED KITE over his building site near Aveton Gifford

at 08.15.

Moths this morning -2 Heart & Dart, 2 Treble Lines ,1 Large Yellow Underwing , 1 Buff Ermine, 1 Shoulder Striped Wainscot ,1 Bright Line Brown Eye

THURS 21 MAY 

A sunny morning with a light breeze. Early start- Yarmer Beach 

07.45 - 08.45 - nice flock of 17 SANDERLING, 4 WHIMBREL , 

15 OYSTERCATCHER, 1BAR TAILED GODWIT, 1 TURNSTONE .Very little off shore - 1 GANNET , 3 FULMAR , 1 GUILLEMOT, 

7 COMMON SCOTER-on sea . 3 SWIFT.

moths this morning-10 Treble Lines , 1 Brimstone ,1 Heart & Dart, 

1 Marbled Coronet

WED 20 MAY 

Sunny & warm light SE breeze.

At 08.00 Richie had a CUCKOO calling in Hope Wood   ,later reports from2  local residents of Cuckoo calling in gardens near Bobs car park - could be 1 bird moving through or possibly 2 .

On the beaches - 7 WHIMBREL, 8 SANDERLING , 5 OYSTERCATCHER.

On South Huish Marsh 2 BLACK H GULL - another flew NW at 09.30.

7 ad SHELDUCK & a newly hatched brood of 8 young , 12 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT , 3 WHITETHROAT.

Offshore - 2 FULMAR , 8 GANNET. 

At Aveton Gifford yesterday Eric had 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and HOBBY , today just 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 

Not many moths last night -1Buff Tip , 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Clouded Border, 1 Knot Grass, 8 Treble Lines 

TUES 19 MAY 

Day out in glorious weather off the patch - first stop Yarner Wood 

5 + PIED FLY . , 2 SPOT FLY . 1 M REDSTART,TREE PIPIT , 5 SISKIN , 2 GARDEN WARBLER, 1 HOBBY, WILLOW WARBLER . Bumped into Lesley who was fortunate enough to have great views of a LESSER SPOTTED WOODY ,.

Afternoon visit to Challacombe Valley- 3 CUCKOO, 3M 2F WHINCHAT , GREY WAGTAIL ( feeding young ) a visitor reported a reeling GROPPA.

Lesley went Emsworthy Mire- 4WHEATEAR,M REDSTART, CUCKOO, TREE PIPIT 

Very nice day out managed to find everything I went looking for 

Moth trap this morning - 1 Cream Spotted Tiger , 14 Treble Lines , 

2 Heart & Dart , 1 Hebrew Charector , 1 Chinese Charector .

CREAM SPOTTED TIGER , PIED FLYCATCHER, WHINCHAT - 

19 MAY 2020

MON 18 MAY 

A nice sunny day with very birds .

Leasfoot Beach - 6 WHIMBREL. Offshore 4 GANNET .

Soth Huish Marsh - 5 Shelduck , 10 House Martin , 2SWALLOW . 2 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 CHIIFY 

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports - 2 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, 1 HOBBY , 

BLACKCAP feeding young

Moth Trap - 1 Peppered, 1 Common Quaker , 1Hebrew Character,

1 Heart & Dart , 1 Vines Rustic , 10 Treble Lines

SUN 17 MAY 

Overcast at 07.00 cleared to be a nice sunny morning with only a light NW breeze.

On Leasfoot Beach/ 1st fairway - 4 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR TAILED GODWIT.

On Yarmer Beach / Bay , 07.20-09.00 - 4 GANNET , 4 COMMON SCOTER , 6 SHELDUCK , 3 GREAT N DIVER on the sea - 1 in full summer plumage , 17 SANDERLING, 3 DUNLIN , 2 S/P TURNSTONE,

2 OYSTERCATCHER,

Along the coast path -2 ad + 3 fledged STONECHAT , 1 WHITETHROAT.

Returning to the car met a local resident who confirmed on 6 May she came very close to a HOOPOE ( 165 ) on the 14th green . This is the first patch record for at least 10 years 

SAT 16 MAY 

Sunny day with calm conditions early , light NW breeze later.

To avoid the expected influx of visitors decided an early start required . Morning bay watch 06.30- 09.00 ! 
30 GANNET , 2 FULMAR, 5 MANX S'WATER,2 SHAG , 6 WHIMBREL , 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 5 KITTIWAKE, 4 WHITETHROAT.

On South Huish Marsh-8 SHELDUCK, 2 DUNLIN , 6 SWIFT, 7 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 STOCK DOVE , 4 SEDGE WARBLER.

Moth trap - 1Polar Hawk , 3 Treble Lines , 1 Muslin , 1 Brimstone,

1 Mullein . 1 Lychnis 
 

MON 9 MAR- PATCH FIRST !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

looking at the Gulls does bring its rewards 

Colour ringed RINGED PLOVER at South Huish Marsh 16 Feb 

also what is now a lake 

Record shots of EGYPTIAN GOOSE , EIDER , GREEN WINGED TEAL 

TAKEN IN S E CORNWALL 8 JAN 2020

Recent shots - RINGED PLOVER , BLACK H GULL , GANNETS 

2 RECORD SHOTS OF THE MALE RED B MERGANSER THIS MORNING 

BLACK TAILED GODWIT, KNOT,

SAT 26 OCT 

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

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

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

On Thursday Eric had a BLACK REDSTART by his garden 

Photo of today's OSPREY 

LONG BILLED DOWITCHER- much brighter one is Alan’s 

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

2 POOR & Cropped record shots of the WRYNECK 

Alan’s photos of the WOOD SANDPIPER with WHIMBREL 

FRI 28 JUNE 

Record shot of this mornings MARSH HARRIER taken by Richie Moore 

For a full frame image press on the photo 

SANDERLING & BAR T GODWIT - YARMER BEACH - RICHIE MOORE 

FANTASTIC PHOTO FROM RICHIE MOORE OF A M KENTISH PLOVER 

ONLY THE SECOND RECORD IN LAST 20 YEARS !

RUFF IN PARTIAL SUMMER PLUMAGE taken by Richie 

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

FOR A CLEARER IMAGE PRESS ON THE PHOTO 

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

Record shots of RED RUMPED SWALLOW at Torpoint 12 Dec 

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

Latest images of the ISABELLINE SHRIKE provided by Steve Hopper 

A FEW RECORD SHOTS OF THE AVOCET FLOCK , WHEATEAR 

RECORD SHOTS OF SKYLARK , RED T DIVER 

PHOTOS OF CATTLE EGRET 28 AUG

OSPREY Aveton Gifford  16 Aug. by Alan Doidge 

PHOTOS OF THE PECTORAL SANDPIPER, CURLEW SANDPIPER AND 

DUNLIN At South Huish Marsh  / rocks 1 May 2018

Record shot the 1wGLAUCOUS GULL AT South Huish Marsh 5April 

Photos from my new P900 camera - GREY PHALAROPE at South Milton Sands and on South Huish Marsh on 12 Sept 2017

Some more of the fab photos from Alan Doidge of the bird of the year for Thurlestone- they are superb

2 more photos of the GLAUCOUS GULL taken by Alan D at South Huish Marsh 3 APRIL 2017 

Photos of the DESERT WHEATEAR 13 Nov 2016 from Alan Doidge

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER at South Milton Ley 19 Oct

PURPLE HERON - Some more photos from Alan Doidge

Some stunning photos of  SQUACCO HERON by Alan Doidge

Record shot of male Red Backed Shrike South Huish Marsh 9 July
ISABELLINE SHRIKE

2014

Crane at South Huish Marsh 20 Oct 2014- Alan Doidge