WED 30 SEPT
A nice end to the month with the best offshore duck passage this autumn and some interesting passarine viz mig
A morning of sunny periods with a F5 increasing to F7 E wind
Offshore - sea watched for 2.5 hrs from08.50- 105 GANNET, 22 WIGEON in 3 flocks that also included 2 TEAL and 2 PINTAIL., 32 COMMON SCOTER, 2 RAZORBILL (+1 Auk ) . Flying trough the Bay - 6 DUNLIN,
2 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SANDERLING, . Hirundine passage - 90 SWALLOW, 14 HOUSE MARTIN,also , 30 MIPIT, 50 + LINNET,10 PIED WAG.,
1 WHITE and 4 GREY WAGTAIL, 2 SKYLARK, 8 WHEATEAR,
By the footbridge 3 HERON, 3 LITTLE EGRET and 3 CROSSBILL ( flew up the valley calling at 09.15 ) (179 ) not an annual record here.
On T'stone Marsh - 30 TEAL, on South Huish Marsh -16 TEAL, 1 BLACK T GODWIT and 80 CANADA GOOSE
TUES 29 SEPT
Another sunny autumnal day with a F6/7 E wind.
Highlights from the balcony watch from 07.45 - 1 SHELDUCK, 7 BLACK T GODWIT,1 DUNLIN, 7 CHIFFCHAFF, 8 LONG T TIT, 325 SWALLOW ( flew SE ) 20 LINNET, 30 MIPIT, 3 LITTLE EGRET ( flew off west )
On the front pool - 45 TEAL, 1f WIGEON, 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 LITTLE EGRET
Walk around South Huish Marsh with Arthur- 40 + SWALLOW, 50 SAND MARTIN ( large number for time of year - 1 flock ), 4 WHEATEAR,
7 STONECHAT, 1 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 SNIPE,
1 RINGED PLOVER ( on rocks ), 20 + MIPIT, 6 LITTLE EGRET ( by footbridge )
At 09.45 a GREAT WHITE EGRET watched coming into the Bay from the west ( 2nd record this month )
MON 28 SEPT
When i got up at 03.00 to watch the moon all the birds were still asleep, in South Milton a resident had a BARN OWL, .
At 07.45 a 45min Garden Watch produced 28 species the highlight was a year tick ( for me ) a REDPOLL flew over calling at 08.30. 2 RAVEN were the first for a while. Other viz mig were - 245 SWALLOW, 100+ HOUSE MARTIN, 41 MIPIT ,45 LINNET.
13 BLACK T GODWIT on the front pool also 16 TEAL.
Met up with Graham and Arthur - around Bay / South Huish Marsh -
70 SWALLOW, 75 HOUSE MARTIN, 36 TEAL with another 9 on the sea , 40 MIPIT, 5 STONECHAT, 1 WHEATEAR, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 4 SKYLARK, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 MISTLE THRUSH, 3 AUKS ( first for over 8 weeks )
SUN 27 SEPT
A day with sunny periods and a brisk F4/5 E wind
Did not do a garden watch this morning - at 09.00 in 5mins
700 SWALLOW / HOUSE MARTIN flew over NW about 60% House Martin. as well as 4 CHAFFINCH, 6 MIPIT . 16 BLACK T GODWIT on the front pool
Met Chris in the car park he had 2 COMMON TERN flying east, around
70 CANADA GOOSE flew over with 45 landing on South Huish Marsh .
Another 120+ SWALLOW and 225 HOUSE MARTIN flew NW , also
5 GOLDFINCH, 5 SKYLARK, 16 MIPIT, 1 CHAFFINCH.
3 STONECHAT and a WHEATEAR on the marsh with 4 CHIFFCHAFF by the footbridge. 1 RINGED PLOVER over.
Offshore a few GANNET and 2 COMMON SCOTER flew east
SAT 26 SEPT
What a superb day weather wise - long periods of sunshine and only a very light E breeze
Viz mig over my garden this morning passing at a great height , could hear them calling but too high to see. Between 07.50 - 09.00 35 species - 19 SISKIN, 2 SKYLARK, 1 JAY, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 BLACKCAP, STONECHAT, TEAL, 15 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 GREAT Sp WOODY, ,
1 REED BUNTING
A morning walk around the Golf Course produced - 1 WILLOW WBLR ,
1 WHITETHROAT, 25 MIPIT, 100+ SWALLOW, 10 HOUSE MARTIN,
3 SKYLARK, 8 STONECHAT, 1 YELLOW WARBLER
Looks like a week of E winds up to F6/7 at times - could be interesting
FRI 25 SEPT
Late post due to a visit to East Soar Farm for some very poor views of a Red B Flycatcher
First late news for yesterday - Alan had 3 1stw MED GULLS off the flats at 18.00.
This morning was overcast but calm- On T'stone Marsh 13 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 SISKIN over, 35 TEAL and the first skein of 34 CANADA GOOSE over at 08.40-
Around South Huish Marsh - 7 STONECHAT, 42 MEADOW PIPIT,
6 CHIFFCHAFF, 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 LONG T TIT, 23 HOUSE MARTIN, 42 SWALLOW, 30 GOLDFINCH.
On the rocks - 20 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 MED GULL
At East Soar this evening - poor views of the R B FLY, 4 CHIFFY,
2 WHEATEAR, 1 YELLOW WAG, 4 RINGED PLOVER and 3 DUNLIN
THURS 24 SEPT
A mixed day with periods of cloud cover and sunny spells. F4/5 W Wind.
A rather uneventful day for the last week in Sept .
A 50min Garden Watch only produced 27 species - 6 BLACK T GODWIT, 70 + MALLARD , 2 m BLACKCAP, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 20 SISKIN, WATER RAIL, GREAT Sp WOODY.
On the front pool only 25 TEAL, this afternoon the BLACK T GODWITS increased to 14 .
Around South Huish Marsh - 1 MALLARD, 2 MOORHEN , 2 WHEATEAR, 10 SISKIN, 25 GOLDFINCH, 15 LINNET, 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 10 SKYLARK, 3 STONECHAT , 10+ MIPIT, 10 SWALLOW
This afternoon Vic T had - 6 TEAL, 1 WHINCHAT , 2 MED GULL ( ad + juv )
Offshore 30 + GANNET and a SANDWICH TERN. Around 120+ BLACK H GULL on the rocks
A short visit to HUXTON CROSS only produced 5 BUZZARD
WED 23 SEPT
A sunny morning with a brisk W F4 wind .
On T'stone Marsh - 45 TEAL, 1f WIGEON, 12 BLACK T GODWIT,.
Around South Huish Marsh - 6 WHEATEAR, 1 MUTE SWAN, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 6 TEAL, 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 4 CHICHAFF, 3 STONECHAT, 2 SKYLARK , 40 + MIPIT and 80 + GOLDFINCH ( over ) 20 + SWALLOW
On the beach / rocks -41 OYSTERCATCHER1 SANDERLING , 3 2w MED GULL .
Report of a BARN OWL at a private site with no general access
TUES 22 SEPT
After a w/end visiting family arrived back to find the flock of BLACK T GODWIT flying between T'stone Marsh and the cornfield was now 18.This morning Arthur and Nick had a MUTE SWAN, 1 SANDERLING and a WHEATEAR.
Late news for Thursday - a GREAT WHITE EGRET reported flying up South Milton Ley valley ( 2nd patch record this year )
On Fri 18 Sept managed to have a 1.5 hour garden Watch from 07.45- produced 43 species the highest of the autumn perid - highlights -
75 MALLARD, 8 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 BAR T GODWIT, 3 GREY WAGTAIL, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 JAY, 20 SISKIN, 1 WATER RAIL, 1 REED BUNTING, 1 SPARROWHAWK, STONE CAHAT and 2 SANDWICH TERN
On SAT 19 SEPT - Roger & Helen ringed - 25 BLACKCAP, 6 CHIFFCHAFF, 4 REED WBLR, 2 SEDGE WBLR and 3 GOLDCREST
On Sun Arthur had 5 SPOTTED FLY at South Milton Ley, 33 TEAL and 13 BLACK T GODWIT on T'stone Marsh
THURS 17 SEPT
A fine autumnal morning .the SW breeze not picking up until late morning.
From my garden this morning - 30 TEAL, 90 + MALLARD, 10 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 JAY, 2 BLACKCAP, 1 1stw MED GULLwith a flock of 35 BLACK H GULL and 500+ HERRING GULL.
Arthur covered Yarmer and Leasfoot beaches and was rewarded with the earliest sighting of a PURPLE SANDPIPER for the patch ( and possibly Devon -one a few years ago on the same date at Start Pt ), he also had - 11 DUNLIN, 13 RINGED PLOVER, 3 SANDERLING, 2 TURNSTONE and
Around the Bay , South Huish Marsh, on sea, and fields were some remarkable numbers of Gulls -160 + BLACK H GULL, 2500 + HERRING GULL, 4 COMMON GULL, 2 LESSER B B GULL, 2 2nd w and 2 ad MED GULL, at least 40% of the HERRING were 1st w .
Also in the Bay - 7 SANDWICH TERN and a COMMON TERN.
On South Huish marsh - 1 KINGFISHER, 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 9 TEAL,
2 YELLOW WAGTAIL., 2 WHITETHROAT. In contrast to recent days only
7 SWALLOW recorded and no other Hirundines.
Next update 23 Sept.
WED 16 SEPT
The anticipated stormy weather did not arrive - rain did not set in until after 12.00and wind was never above F4 NE.
A 45 Min Garden watch from 07.40 produced 29 species , inc . 3 SAND MARTIN , 12 SISKIN, 1 GREY WAGTAIL
On T'stone Marsh 35 TEAL and 5 BLACK T GODWIT.
On South Huish marsh - 4 TEAL, 5 WHEATEAR, 1 GREY WAGTAIL,
1 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 SNIPE , 5 MIPIT,1 GREAT Sp WOODY ( over ), Movement of Hirundines - 100+ HOUSE MARTIN, 75 + SWALLOW
On the beach /rocks - 21 OYSTERCATCHER,25 RINGED PLOVER, 11 DUNLIN, 2 SANDERLING, 1 TURNSTONE.
Offshore - 65+ GANNET, 1 SANDWICH TERN, 1 FULMAR, 7 COMMON SCOTER ( flew east ), 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( flew west ) and a year tick picked up by Doug Stannard at 11.55 a SOOTY SHEARWATER flew west ( 178 )
Grey Phalarope not seen this morning
At South Efford marsh Eric reports - 6 GREENSHANK and a KNOT
TUES 15 SEPT
Lunchtime update - GREY PHALAROPE ( 177 ) on South Miton Ley by the footbridge, feeding ,showing very well down to 20 feet. Found at 09.20 and still there at 12.10
A Garden Watch from 07.35 - 08.25 produced 30 species, Mallard flock of 115 flying into the harvested field from the Marsh - also with them
12 BLACK T GODWIT.On the Marsh- 12 TEAL and a WATER RAIL,
REED BUNTING, JAY,
5 SISKIN, GREAT Sp WOODY, CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP.
On South Huish Marsh - 11 CANADA GOOSE, 2 MALLARD , 9 TEAL,
1 WHITE WAGTAIL and a KINGFISHER
Offshore- very little - 25 GANNET, singles of MANX & BALEARIC SHEARWATER and a FULMAR.
MON 14 SEPT
The anticipated stormy weather arrived overnight with some heavy showers . By 09,00 the W wind was gusting upto F8/ 9 with some very rough seas .
A sheltered position difficult to achieve which enabled a scope to be set up. Expected offshore passage just did not come into the Bay with in 2 hours only 50+ GANNET, 2 FULMAR and 5 BALEARIC SHEARWATER recorded. On the rocks 20 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 DUNLIN, 1 1stw MED GULL.
Spent an hour watching South Huish Marsh from 11.15 - No duck at all ! 4 CANADA GOOSE, 7 BLACK T GODWIT, 14 DUNLIN, 2 RINGED PLOVER.1 WHEATEAR
Driving past T'stone Marsh at 1230 a COMMON TERN flew over the road, 5 TEAL on the marsh .
Surprise Bird of the Day photographed by Phil our postman, at 10.30 just opposite the Village Garage a sheltering RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE , only the 3rd patch record in last 10 years .
SUN 13 SEPT
After an overcast morning some sunny periods with a F3 ESE wind . The anticipated strong winds did not arrive - looks like tonight
On Yarmer Beach - 60 DUNLIN, 50 RINGED PLOVER, 20 SANDERLING
3 TURNSTONE , 21 OYSTERCATCHER. 3 WHEATEAR and 5 SISKIN over.
Some water back on South Huish marsh - still almost complete lack of Duck - only 2 MALLARD, 1 MOORHEN. 3 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 DUNLIN.
60 + LINNET (in 2 flocks ), 1 GREAT Sp WOODY .110 HOSE MARTIN, 80 SWALLOW.
By the footbridge - 4 LITTLE EGRET , 1 REED WBLR
On the rocks a further 14 OYSTERCATCHER
SAT 12 SEPT
After a cloudy start with showers, sun broke through , a brisk F5 SW wind .
A GREEN WOODY through the garden was the first for a long while.
A walk around the Golf Course only produced 3 WHEATEAR, 2 STONECHAT, and 30 LINNET. On the beach only 10 DUNLIN. 1 WILLOW WBLR in bushes near the toilet block.
Late news added to Sun 6/9 and Tues 8/9 - latter ayear tick - REDPOLL
Strong S winds forecast for Sunday with rain in the afternoon
FRI 11 SEPT
An overcast day with some brief sunny spells , light winds .
A 35 min Garden Watch from 07.45 produced 32 species, highlight being the first SISKIN of the autumn - 2 flocks totaling 23 , also 2 JAY.
On T'stone Marsh - 20 TEAL, 3 BLACK T GODWIT - 7 flew over at 17.50, another `18 SISKIN flew south.
Waders on Yarmer Beach - 60 RINGED PLOVER, 35 DUNLIN,
20 SANDERLING, 4 TURNSTONE, 10 OYSTERCATCHER, , also 5 WHEATEAR, 1 WHITETHROAT, 4 STONECHAT.
Area around the footbridge very productive with- 5 CHIFFCHAFF,
1 GROPPA, 1 WILLOW WBLR, 6 WHITETHROAT, 3 REED WBLR,
2 WHEATEAR, 6 DUNLIN, PEREGRINE over and 2 KINGFISHER.
South Huish Marsh - 4 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 DUNLIN, 2 SNIPE,
1 WHITETHROAT, 10 TEAL, 2 WHINCHAT, 4 WHEATEAR,
1 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1 KINGFISHER, 100+ HOUSE MARTIN,
30 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN
On the rocks 8 SANDERLING, 1 RINGED PLOVER
Offshore a few GANNET and 4 BALEARIC SHEARWATER.
Joined by David W and Arthur , also the first recent visit by Doug Stannard( has moved to Dartington ), just like the old days
late news from Helen and Roger- early evening visit to Yarmer Beach they had 60 DUNLIN ,other waders were the same as this morning .
THURS 10 SEPT
A fine sunny day with a SE F4/5 wind .
A 45 min Garden Watch this morning from 07.40 produced 35 species including - 3 BLACK T GODWIT, 5 SISKIN , 3 HERON, 1 YELLOW WAG ,
1 GREY WAG, 5 BLACKCAP, 2 CHIFFCHAFF and a WILLOW WBLR
A short visit to Yarmer Beach produced some waders - 40 + RINGED PLOVER, 15 SANDERLING, 12 DUNLIN, 3 TURNSTONE. Offshore
20 GANNET and 3 MANX SHEARWATER.
On T'stone marsh 16 TEAL
WED 9 SEPT
A fine sunny day with a strong ESE F 5/6 wind .
Managed to get back on the patch by 11.15 - a rather quiet morning - On the beach / South Huish marsh - 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 3 DUNLIN, 2 RINGED PLOVER, 3 WHEATEAR, 1 SPARROWHAWK
Offshore a few GANNET, 3 SANDWICH TERN and at 12.35 a BONXIE ( landed on the sea )
On T'stone Marsh - 12 TEAL
At South Efford Marsh - Eric reports -19 TEAL, 1 DUNLIN, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 3 GREEN SANDPIPER, 4 WHIMBREL, 4 BLACK T GODWIT, 28 CURLEW and a SPOTTED FLY
TUES 8 SEPT
Information on Rare Bird Alert of a DOTTEREL ( 175 ) at 07.25 at the NW corner of T'stone Golf Course. I made a quick visit at 10.40 and could not locate it . Would have been a patch tick for me .The last patch record was many years ago..Whilst searching I did find a SWIFT
Late news from Helen and Roger , whilst at South Milton Ley they had
2 REDPOLL ( 176 ) first for the year
SUN 6 SEPT
Late news from Helen and Roger - they ringed - 22 CHIFFCHAFF,
15 BLACKCAP, 7 REED WBLR, 2 SEDGE Wblr, 2 TREE PIPIT ( pity the last 2 weren't yesterday that would have made 89 species ! )
BIRD RACE DAY SAT 5 SEPT
The half yearly attempt to see as many species in a day took place on Saturday 5th September. Weather conditions were very good – no rain , although cool in the morning the day was mostly sunny particularly after 10.30.
8 Observers took part plus 1 ringer at South Milton Ley who probably had his worst mornings ringing in September for years . With only light NNE breezes, offshore passage almost no existent. A long time since we recorded more duck on Thurlestone Marsh than South Huish Marsh – with the front pool now completely dry and the back 60% dry.
Started the day with an hours garden watch at 06.30 managed 33 species by 07.30 including HOBBY, SHOVELER, WATER RAIL, BLACKCAP, STOCK DOVE and REED BUNTING, and BLACK TAILED GODWIT.
Using Bobs old car park as the focal meeting point, Graham Daw started his 3 ½ hour sea watch, whilst Martin Daw, Nick Townsend, Chris Bond and myself did South Huish Marsh, Eric and Alan covered the back of Thurlestone Church area, Golf Course and Yarmer Beach.
In Nicks garden he recorded TAWNY OWL, JAY, SONG THRUSH AND BULL FINCH, Eric, Alan (joined by Tony) had some good records – REDSTART, SPOTTED FLY, YELLOW WAGTAIL, WAGTAIL, GOLDCREST, MISTLE THRUSH, SANDERLING, TURNSTONE, RINGED PLOVER.
South Milton Ley footbridge produced the first SISKIN of the autumn a flock of 12 flying north (Alan whilst ringing had a further 2 flyover), WHITETHROAT, REED WARBLER
Although dry South Huish Marsh produced 1 MALLARD, 3 MOORHEN, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, DUNLIN, RINGED PLOVER, WHEATEAR, WHITE WAGTAIL and late afternoon a single SWIFT.
Ringing at South Milton Ley Alan only caught – 3 REED WARBLER, 3 WILLOW WARBLE and 9 CHIFFCHAFF, however on site were BULLFINCH, GREEN AND GREAT SPOTTED WOODY, HOBBY, CETTIS WARBLER, 8 GREY WAGTAIL.
Meeting up at the car park Graham had recorded large numbers of GANNET, a few FULMAR, 1 MANX SHEARWATER and a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.
Over a fine lunch of Bacon and Sausage Baps prepared by Anne the log totalled 80 species.
Afternoon searches were only productive at Buckland Valley where species recorded were, 1 NUTHATCH AND COAL TIT, 5 SPOTTED FLY, GOLDCREST, and 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODY were noteworthy.
Returning home at 18.00 I decided to sit on my balcony in the hope of picking up a flight of CANADA GEESE coming in to roost – sadly none appeared, however the time was well spent when at 18.45 a female MERLIN flew down the valley and even more so at 19.40 when a SHORT EARED OWL flew around the marsh before landing on the far side of the marsh.
Our final total of 87 species compared well with last year’s 84 – returns from the other participants were:-
BELVIDE RES - 91
UPTON WARREN 89
CLAYHANGER/ RYDERS MERE 81
Highlights of the day were the number of species of RAPTORS a long time since the patch recorded in one day.
KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK, HOBBY, PEREGRINE, MERLIN, BUZZARD plus TAWNY OW L and SHORT EARED OWL.
Many thanks to those who took part a very interesting birding day and a great social occasion.
FRI 4 SEPT
A morning of sunny periods with a F3 NNE wind
At least 5 BLACKCAP in my garden at 08.00
On Leasefoot beach 75 BLACK H GULL and a WHITE WAGTAIL .Next stop Yarmer Beach waders were - 40 RINGED PLOVER, 18 DUNLIN,
10 SANDERLING, 4 TURNSTONE, 27 OYSTERCATCHER, .
A SPARROWHAWK flew through and a WHEATEAR on the beach.
Offshore big feeding flock of 200 GANNET and a FULMAR.
With all the drainage work at South Huish marsh the main pool is dry but still some good mud which attracted - 51 DUNLIN, 4 BLACK T GODWIT,
2 WHEATEAR, around the copse a female SPARROWHAWK, 1 WILLOW WBLR, 2 CHIFFCHAFF, 20 MIPIT flew through.
By the footbridge - 1 REED WBLR, 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 GREY WAGTAIL.
Finally T'stone Marsh had 12 TEAL and on the ground a juv WHINCHAT and 2 STONECHAT .
THURS 3 SEPT
A cloudy cool day with a brisk N wind , choppy sea .
On T'stone Marsh 12 TEAL.
On the rocks / beach - 85 SANDERLING, 1 RINGED PLOVER.,24 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE .
Offshore - 25 + GANNET, 1 FULMAR., 1 SANDWICH TERN, 2 BALEARIC SHEARWATER, 1 SHELDUCK (flew west )
On South Huish marsh - 3 BLACK T GODWIT, 27 DUNLIN, 1 SNIPE,
At 09.30 a LITTLE STINT flew into the back pooldid not stay long flew off east .2 TEAL,. 150 SWALLOW and 165 + HOUSE MARTIN,
2 SAND MARTIN flew through
Quick visit to Bucklands Valley produced a JAY and 2 GOLDCREST
WED 2 SEPT
A fine day with only a light breeze up to 12.30.
Another Garden watch start at 07.15 for an hour - 34 species recorded a few different to yesterday - highlights -4 BLACKCAP, 6 CHIFFCHAFF,
1 WILLOW WBLR, WATER RAIL, 1 GREY WAG, 1 YELLOW WAG ,
4 PIED WAG, KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK, 9 RINGED PLOVER,
1 SONG THRUSH, 4 MIPIT, 1juv REED BUNTING, 5 CANADA GOOSE .
On the beach /rocks - 46 OYSTERCATCHER, 12 SANDERLING,
21 RINGED PLOVER, 6 DUNLIN, 2 TURNSTONE, 2 WHIMBREL,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 WHEATEAR,
By the Footbridge - 3 WHITETHROAT, 3 REED WBLR , 2 SEDGE WBLR,
1 GROPPA, 1juv WHINCHAT,
On South Huish Marsh -40 DUNLIN, 10 BLACK T GODWIT,1 RUFF,
At South Efford Marsh - Tuesday a REDSTART ,family party of SISKIN, today - 27 DUNLIN, 6 GREENSHANK, 7 SNIPE, 2 GREEN SANDPIPER,
3 COMMON S'PIPER, 25 + CURLEW
TUES 1 SEPT
A fine day with plenty of sunshine, a brisk NNW F4 breeze, good visablilty
Started the month off with an hours Garden Watch from 07.00, one of the most productive for a few months with 34 species recorded - highlights - a CURLEW flew up the valley at 07.05, 4 SNIPE,2 WILLOW WBLR, 3 CHIFFCHAFF, 6 BLACKCAP, 2 GREAT Sp WOODY,
1juv WHINCHAT, 1 BULLFINCH and a COAL TIT
Another good morning for waders - On the beach - 32 DUNLIN,
70 RINGED PLOVER ( another 100 + flew in straight over the Marsh and up the valley ), 7 SANDERLING, 1 TURNSTONE, a 2w MED GULL
Even though some drainage work being carried out on South Huish Marsh there were - 22 BLACK T GODWIT, 2 RUFF, 27 DUNLIN ( total 60 ),1 WHEATEAR, 1 YELLOW WAGTAIL ( over ), 1 TEAL, 6 LITTLE EGRET.
Late afternoon at Huxton Cross - a FERAL PIGEON , 1 YELLOWHAMMER and a YELLOW WAGTAIL
Late update - the SWALLOW roost over T'stone Marsh at 20.10 was 5,000+. Also in attendance a hungry HOBBY
Total species recorded was 69
Record shot of the GLOSSY IBIS taken at 16.00 Sat 27 Dec- Alan Doidge
Some cracking photos from Alan Doidge of the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and colour ringed ROCK PIPIT
TUES 16 SEPT
Some Recent photos from Alan Doidge
Photos from Alan Doidge at South Huish Marsh