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TUES 31 MAR
A fitting end to a poor month .Sunshine and a F8/9 WNW wind with very rough seas meant you could not put a scope up .
The only new arrival on South Huish Marsh was a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER. todays count of SHELDUCK was 7 and TEAL 26.
40 + GANNET, 4 FULMAR, 17 AUKS and a small flock of 15 BLACK H GULL.
This is the first year I can remember when the list of Spring migrants that have NOT been recorded is greater than those that have - looking forward to recording my first - SANDWICH TERN, SWALLOW, HOUSE MARTIN, BLACK T GODWIT, REDSHANK, TUFTED DUCK, MARSH HARRIER, RUFF, MANX SHEARWATER, COMMON TERN.
Does This mean APRIL will be a record month ?
MON 30 MAR
Asunny early morning gave way to cloud and eventually rain,. A brisk ( and cold ) NW wind.
Today was SHELDUCK morning - 2 on T'stone Marsh , flock of 11 flew west, on South Huish Marsh a total of 24 with a further 4 flying east offshore , whilst this totals 41 , some of the earlier birds could have flown back . Cannot recollect a greater spring total .
Otherwise very much as before - offshore a flock of 9 CORMORANT flew west , 2 GANNET and a COMMON SCOTER east
Toatal of TEAL on both marshes were 33 .
Can the 31 MARCH produce additions to what has been a poor month ?
SUN 29 MAR
If this 'summertime' bring back winter. Heavy rain until mid afternoon , poor viz offshore .
Went over to South Huish Marsh this am - no trace of the Kumlien's Gull, there were 50 LESSER B B GULL and 10 GREAT B B GULL on the marsh. Still 2 GREYLAG GOOSE , 4 SHELDUCK and 20 TEAL.
Not a sign of any migrants- again
SAT 28 MAR
A very wet and miserable morning with a strong WSW wind.
Went over to South Huish marsh where there were no new arrivals .
A couple of stints watching from my garden produced 29 species , the only hint of a migrant were 2 singing CHIFFCHAFF.
Late news from Alan D- A new bird for the patch ! At 18.30 in poor light he took some photos of a KUMLIENS GULL ( 121) in a field outside his home Now thats what you call a Garden tick !
Photo to be posted Sunday
FRI 27 MAR
The dearth of any Spring migrants just goes on - a 1hour sea watch this morning before the rain set in only produced 2 GANNET and a few GULLS.
On South Huish Marsh almost the same as yesterday ap art from a WATER PIPIT.
Cannot see a big influx this w/end with gale force winds and a lot of rain
THURS 26 MAR
A 45 min Garden Watch at 08.15 produced 31 species inc 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 REED BUNTING, 14 TEAL, 4 SHELDUCK
An afternoon visit to South Huish Marsh only came up with - 17 SHELDUCK, 1 RUDDY SHELDUCK, 25 TEAL, only 2 GREYLAG GOOSE.
Earlier Atrhur at South Milton Ley had 10 CHIFFCHAFF and a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF.
Whilst not on the patch , driving to South Brent at 19.15 had a Barn Owl fly over the road just past Califonia Cross.
Nick reported 4 TURNSTONE , 3 RINGED PLOVER on Yarmer Beach
WED 25 MAR
Late post as I attended the Devon Birds AGM last night . Very good talk on Urban Peregrines.
Earlier another day of sunny periods with that cool NW F 4 wind still blowing .
At least 6 CHIFFCHAFF around the patch ( did not visit South Milton Ley ), birds calling ,most likely new arrivals.
In Horswell Wood a pair of GREAT Sp WOODY .
On South Huish marsh - the regulars still there , 2 WATER PIPIT,
1 WHEATEAR and 2 CURLEW flew in and up the valley
Offshore the GREAT NORTHERN DIVER again .
Quick visit to Buckland Valley only produced a STOCK DOVE and a pair of MISTLE THRUSH
Yet again no Sand martin, Swallow or Sandwich Tern , looks likely to be a late spring passage year
TUES 24 MAR
A fine sunny day with a few hail showers this morning and a F3/4 NW wind. Another very quiet day for migrants - none
On South Huish Marsh - 17 SHELDUCK, the RUDDY SHELDUCK still,
3 GREYLAG GOOSE, 30 TEAL. 2 visitors reported a MERLIN flying over the Marsh
In the Bay a GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on the sea at 11.25.. 2 GANNET and a FULMAR flew east
MON 23 MAR
A day off the patch -for her birthday treat took Anne to Steps Bridge, amongst a range of woodland species we saw 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and heard another drumming. This was a Devon tick for me - must get out more often !
SUN 22 MAR
A fine sunny day still a cool ENE F3 wind . There were a total of 11 birders on the patch this morning, unfortunately the birds did not match their expectations.
Offshore produced 6 GANNET and 9 COMMON SCOTER flyibg east.
On South Huish Marsh 3 GREYLAG GOOSE ( 119 ) were new in , otherwise it was the old faithfuls - RUDDY SHELDUCK, 11 SHELDUCK, 35 TEAL, A PEREGRINE, 1 SONG THRUSH and a WATER PIPIT. Overhead 2 SAND MARTIN
FRI 20 MAR
Almost no view of the eclipse this morning - too much cloud cover, later turned into a fine sunny day with little wind
A Garden Watch early morning and late pm produced 35 species - highlights . 20 TEAL, CETTIS WARBLER, 3 REED BUNTING, 1 LITTLE GREBE, , GREAT Sp WOODY, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, ,WATER RAIL, ,
2 SHELDUCK, 1m SHOVELER, 1f BLACK REDSTART, 2m CIRL BUNTING
On South Huish Marsh - a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 50 TEAL, 1 RUDDY SHELDUCK, 2 WATER PIPIT, 2 WHEATEAR, 2 CHIFFCHAFF
Poor viz offshore- only picked up 4 RAZORBILL.
Driving home a YELLOWHAMMER in the lanes
Will post a more detailed report over the next few days ,. Managed a total of 70 species including 3 additions to my Cyprus list - cracking male Black Eared Wheatear, Female Sub Alpine Warbler and a Sandwich Tern. Also dipped on 2 lifers - Ruppell's Warbler and Dead Sea Sparrow
THURS 19 MAR
Back on the patch this morning , cloudy am , poor viz offshore and a cold F3 E wind.
On South Huish Marsh- 9 WHEATEAR, 35 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, 4 SHELDUCK, 2 SNIPE , 3 REED BUNTING , at the back of the Marsh
4 WATER PIPIT with 2 showing pink breasts .The RUDDY SHELDUCK still.
Offshore 4 RAZORBILL, 30 + GANNET and a RED THROATED DIVER
WED 13 MAR - WED 18 MAR.
Only away for a week but seemed to have missed out on a number of good patch records.Brief details of reports from Graham Daw , Arthur, Alan D , Nick T and Mike Langman :-
Wed 11 Mar - Report from the ringing team at South Milton - 1 FIRECREST ( 114 ) , 18 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 m CIRL BUNTING
Thurs 12 Mar- 7 SAND MARTIN, 2 WHEATEAR ( 115 )5 SAND MARTIN over Arthur's home
Sun 15 MAR - a rare visit to the patch my Mike Langmanwho found an ad ICELAND GULL ( 116 ) amongst a flock of HERRING GULL on South Huish Marsh
Tues 17 Mar - Graham who would normally come over on a Mon changed his day and was rewarded with a male GARGANEY ( 117 )on South Huish Marsh along with 25+ WHEATEAR, 40 SAND MARTIN, 1 CURLEW , 4 WATER PIPIT, 5 WHITE WAGTAIL In the Bay a GREAT CRESTED GREBE and 2 COMMON SCOTER. 8 TURNSTONE on the rocks .Alan had a 1stw MED GULL in the field
Nick T had through his garden - 3 REDWING and 5 BULLFINCH.
Reported on Paul Bouldon's site is a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER ( 118 )
TUES 10 MAR
A fine spring morning with a light E wind and clear horizon.
More observers than birds this am - Lesley, Nick, Arthur Graham and myself
Offshore - 2 BLACK H GULL ( only the 2nd record this month )1 GANNET and 2 FULMAR
South Huish marsh could only produce - 15 SHELDUCK ( could be a site record )1 RUDDY SHELDUCK, 40 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, 3 SNIPE .
Around 10.45 we became aware of small groups of up to 3 BUZZARD, flying in from Bolt Tail, picking up the themals gaining heigh and flying east up the valley. Further groups contained up to 8 birds , by the time Graham left at 14.00 the total was 33, all these were ' dark' birds, our 3 local birds were present - these have very pale breasts, with a total of 36 cetainly a site record , Where did these birds originate from ? Searched diligently for any other specie of raptor only KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK seen, these were local birds.
Around my garden today - 1 m BULLFINCH, 1m CIRL BUNTING, 3 REED BUNTING, 1 JAY
Arthur had a BLACK REDSTART and CHIICHAFF around his house and along Mallards Lane
This is the last post for a week - off to Cyprus !
MON 9 MAR
Back to 100% cloud with viz reducing during the morning, a F4 SSW wind and occasional drizzle .
More activity offshore than in recent days - 16 GANNET ( all east ), 2 FULMAR, 3 RAZORBILL, 1 GUILLEMOT ( on sea ), 1 KITTIWAKE ,
a GREAT CRESTED GREBE flew east
On the rocks - 5 TURNSTONE, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER and 2 DUNLIN ( 113 ) first of the year.
On South Huish marsh - 36 TEAL, 7 SHELDUCK, 2 SHOVELER, 1 RUDDY SHELDUCK, 35 + PIED WAGTAIL, 25 MIPIT
SUN 8 MAR
A contrasting day of weather - this morning low cloud constant drizzle, very poor viz- then late afternoon blue sky , sunshine and very mild ,.
On South Huish Marsh - 48 TEAL, 8 SHELDUCK, 2 SHOVELER, 1 WATER RAIL. No sign of the W F Goose , however the RUDDY SHELDUCK was feeding in the field .
Spent a couple of hours this afternoon on the balcony and rewarded at
17.55 with the first SAND MARTIN ( 112 ) i need to check but I think this my earliest date.Also 20 TEAL, 1 KINGFISHER, 1m BLACK REDSTART, 2 CETTIS WARBLER, CIRL BUNTING, SPARROWHAWK.
Once again SAND MARTIN takes the accolade for the first Spring Migrant
FRI 6 MAR
The fine spring like weather continues , today a F3 Sw wind.
A 30 min Garden Watch from 07.50 produced 26 species inc -
2 WATER RAIL, 2 LONG T TIT , 17 TEAL, 4 SHELDUCK
On the sea this morning - 23 WIGEON, 6 TEAL, 1 GUILLEMOT, offshore
6 GANNET, 6 KITTIWAKE .
On the rocks 4 RINGED PLOVER , 1 GREY WAGTAIL. at least 25 PIED WAGTAIL either in the field or on the beach.
The 2 WHITE FRONTED GOOSE still on South Huish Marsh with
7 SHELDUCK , 2 SHOVELER and only 10 TEAL.
A quick visit to Buckland Valeey produced - GREEN WOODY , GREAT Sp WOODY, 1 JAY, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 GOLDCREST & 2 COAL TIT
Interesting roost this evening of over 100 PIED WAGTAIL, 2 CETTIS WARBLER and a CIRL BUNTING on T'stone Marsh
THURS 5 MAR
Felt like the first day of spring today ,flat calm sea and good viz
On South Huish marsh - the 2 WHITE FRONTED GOOSE still, 35 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, 1m GADWALL, 6 SHELDUCK, WATER RAIL 25 + MIPIT, 2 SONG THRUSH, 1 CHIFFCHAFF. Surprisingly the first BLACK HEADED GULLs this month 14 flew through , PEREGRINE over.
Offshore only 3 FULMAR and 5 AUKs on the sea
On T'stone Marsh - 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 CETTIS WARBLER, CIRL BUNTING and 20 TEAL
WED 4 MAR
Another bright sunny morning , the F 4/5 NW wind made it feel cold .
On the rocks off Warren Point a PURPLE SANDPIPER and 6 RAVEN over west.
On South Huish Marsh the 2 EURASIAN WHITE FRONTED GOOSE were back feeding at the far right of the Marsh.,also 27 TEAL, 3 SHELDUCK,
2 SHOVELER and 5 WIGEON , 2 SNIPE and our first 'spring migrant ' a WHITE WAGTAIL ( 111 )
An hours seawatch produced - 25 AUKs flying east, 2 RAZORBILL ( on sea ) 22 GANNET, 10 KITTIWAKE and on the sea at 11.05 a
BLACK THROATED DIVER.
The teal on T'stone Marsh were 20
Arthur went along the tidal road at Aveton Gifford and reports -
3 COMMON SANDPIPER, 3 GREENSHANK, 4 REDSHANK
TUES 3 MAR
Another day of sunny periods with a few heavy showers and a f6 WNW .
The W F GEESE were not seen this morning , only around 12 CANADA's left. On South Huish Marsh now only 14 WIGEON, 33 TEAL, GADWALL,SHOVELER as yesterday and 3 SHELDUCK. 4 MUTE SWAN briefly.
Offshore only 2 GANNET and 3 m COMMON SCOTER.
Around Buckland Valley - 3 LINNET, 3 GOLDCREST.
T'stone Marsh held 30 TEAL, 4 MUTE SWAN and a CIRL BUNTING
Arthur had the best bird of the day a BLACK REDSTART on the roof of his home
Advance notices have been posted that the footbridge will be closed for up to 3 weeks from Mon 16 March .The detour is a long one unless wearing wellies when you should be able to cross the ley outlet on the beach
MON 2 MAR
A fine sunny morning with only an isolated shower, however a F 6/7 WNW wind made it feel cold . Joined by Graham , Martin , Arthur and Terry today.
On T'stone Marsh 20 TEAL, 1 m CIRL BUNTING, at 18.00 the PIED WAGTAIL roost was 30 +
On South Huish Marsh although the 2 WHITE FRONTED GOOSE were missing at 10.15 they flew in from one the surrounding fields, were still there when we left at 12.30. Also 2 SHELDUCK, 2 SHOVELER, 1m GADWALL, 18 WIGEON, 25 TEAL. A nice WATER PIPIT found by Graham gave good views..The Gull flock contained over 75 LESSER B B GULL ( a possible patch record ) 10 G B B GULL and 25 HERRING . A 1stw L B B GULL was ringed , too far to read the number, ring was yellow and black
Offshore around 30 GANNET, 10 KITTIWAKE, 1 FULMAR whist on the rocks 2 TURNSTONE
News from Eric - 2 WATER PIPIT at South Efford Marsh
SUN 1 MAR
Once this month arrives all minds concentrate on when the first spring migrants will arrive . Stll cold in the brisk WNW wind so likely to be at least another 7 days
Managed to get out briefly this morning - on South Huish Marsh the
2 EURASIAN WHITE FRONTED GOOSE and the RUDDY SHELDUCK still, also SHELDUCK GADWALL, TEAL , WIGEON.
At South Milton Ley 10 + CHIFFCHAFF and 1 SIBERIAN
On T'stone Marsh 27 species inc 38 TEAL, 2 SNIPE, COOT, SPARROWHAWK, and a F CIRL BUNTING. At 18.00 the PIED WAGTAIL roost was at least 50 birds