MON 29 APR 2013
Sunny day, good viz with a cool NNW wind.Still has not really warmed up
On the beaches / rocks this morning the waders were - 60 WHIMBREL, 3 BAR T GODWIT, 1 DUNLIN, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 TURNSTONE.
Offshore 2 SANDWICH TERN, 2 COMMON SCOTER, 1 GREAT N DIVER,
On South Huish Marsh the male BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL showed intermittingly, at least 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL. 5 DUNLIN, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 CURLEW, 10 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER .
Looks as though our expected spring wader / shearwater /skua passage at the end of April/early May is not going to happen. Doesn't look like any SE winds in the next 7 days .
SUN 28 APR 2013
An overcast and cloudy morning with little wind resulting in a flat calm sea . Usual Sunday observers supplemented by Lesley G .
A good look over the sea produced a GREAT N DIVER, a BLACK T DIVER ( close inshore ) 5 COMMON SCOTER, 2 SANDWICH TERN . At least 60 WHIMBREL either on the rocks or in the fields . Over South Huish marsh the first HOBBY ( 152 ) of the year. Good passage of Hirundines - 100+ SWALLOW, 20 HOUSE MARTIN, 10 SAND MARTIN , 3 SWIFT. On the Marsh - 7 DUNLIN, 3 RINGED PLOVER and 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER. 5 YELLOW WAGTAIL showed well and at 12.40 another male BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL found .
Earlier in the morning Bob B ringed 3 SEDGE , 1 WILLOW WARBLER and a WHITETHROAT
SAT 27 APR 2013
Another very quiet day 2 SWIFT flew over T'stone Marsh at 08.15.
In the Bay 4 SANDWICH TERN , 1 GREAT N DIVER ( on sea ) On South Huish Marsh - 40+ SWALLOW, 6 SAND MARTIN, 7 HOUSE MARTIN, 6 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER,
28 WIMBREL, 4 DUNLIN, 1m YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1m WHEATEAR
AJL covered Mallards Lane and South Milton Ley reported 1 GARDEN WARBLER ( 151 ), 3 BLACKCAP, 6 WHITEHROAT 1 SNIPE
FRI 26 APR 2013
Sunny , clesr horizon with a cold brisk NW wind . .
Morning started well with 12 WHIMBREL over T'stone marsh at 07.15 with 2 SEDGE WARBLER singing .
At 08.45 a group of Terns in the bay which consisted of 8 SANDWICH, 1 ARCTIC and a LITTLE ( 150 ), with a BLACK T DIVER on the sea . A further 26 WHIMBREL flew through , 1 CURLEW , 3 BAR TAILED GODWIT on the rocks . 8 GANNET flew east,
10 GUILLEMOT flew east.
Around South Huish Marsh 3 WHITETHROAT, 1 WHEATEAR, 4 DUNLIN. 15 SWALLOW, 3 HOUSE MARTIN and 1 SAND MARTIN
THURS 25 APR 2013
A day of complete contrasts- morning 100% cloud, fog which seemed to hold up the Hirundines.
T'stone Marsh this morning - 150+ SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 5 SAND MARTIN,, 3 SEDGE WARBLER, 10 TEAL, 1m SHOVELER, in the lane 1m 2f BLACKCAP
On the beaches - 17 WHIMBREL, 1 BAR T GODWIT.
At South Huish Marsh - 3m YELLOW WAGTAIL, 12 DUNLIN, 2 SHOVELER, 3 TEAL,
130+ SWALLOW ( with a steady passage over the Bay -at least another 100 birds )
10 SAND MARTIN, 8 HOUSE MARTIN. My first SWIFT flew through at 10.40, 3 WHITETHROAT
In the Bay 10 SANDWICH TERN, 9 WHIMBREL -east , 1 RINGED plover with 4 DUNLIN -east.
Bob B and myself returned late afternoon with bright sunshine and an almost clear horizon - The YELLOW WAGTAIL increased to 6 (4m 2f ), 2 WHITE WAGTAIL, . The first COMMON SANDPIPER ( 149 ) of the year. Offshore on the sea 2 BLACK T DIVER, 1 GREAT N DIVER and 8 COMMON SCOTER.
Will Fri produce our 150th bird for the year ? - Bob catching a Garden warbler is my choice
WED 24 APR 2013
Due to the thick fog which came in around 09.30 very little to report- could hardly see the Rock.
Early on at South Huish Marsh, Bob B had the pr of YELLOW WAGTAIL. ,50+ SWALLOW, 5 HOUSE MARTIN, 3 WHITETHROAT, 1m SHOVELER flew W ( later seen on T'stone Marsh , 4 TEAL, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 2 WHIMBREL (on rocks ). Both REED and SEDGE WARBLER singing.
On T'stone Marsh - 2 WHIMBREL, 10 TEAL, 15 + SWALLOW . REED WARBLERS singing.
TUES 23 APR 2013
Late afternoon sightings by Bob B / Vic T at South Huish Marsh - 2 YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1m BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL and a nice male WHINCHAT ( 149)
SUN 21 APR 2013
late posting (Wed ) of reports from Bob B, AFD & Graham Daw.
Bay/South Huish marsh - 120 WHIMBREL, 7 SANDWICH TERN, 4 m YELLOW WAGTAIL, 1m BLUE HEADED WAGTAIL, 4 WHITE WAGTAIL, 3 WHITETHROAT, 50+ SWALLOW, 4 HOUSE MARTIN, ,6 WHEATEAR, 1 DUNLIN, 1 SWIFT (146 ) and 1dp ARCTIC SKUA ( 147 )
SAT 20 APR 2013
A fine sunny and at times 'warm' day with a F3 E/SE wind. Offshore poor but made up for by Warblers and Wagtails
AJL had the best of the sea passage before 09.30 - 24 COMMON SCOTER, 9 COMMIC TERN, 1 RINGED PLOVER. 9 WHIMBREL
At South Huish marsh - 12 DUNLIN - over, 6 WHEATEAR, , a few SWALLOW / SAND MARTIN, 2 SEDGE WARBLER, 1 WHITETHROAT, .At 11.30 a male YELLOW WAGTAIL ( 143 ) gave great views. Only to be surpassed at 17.00 by 3 Males and a superb male BLUE HEADED WAGTAIl ( 145 ) and 2 WHITE WAGTAIL Bob B found the Blue H .
At South Milton Ley Bob B watched the first GROPPA (145 ) of the year along with
3 REED, 5 SEDGE., 3 WILLOW WARBLERS and BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF . at 18.00 he also had a TREE PIPIT.
Away visiting family for a couple of days , next update late TUESDAY.
FRI 19 APR 2013
Sheltered from the NW wind a very pleasant day. Not many birds around although 2 patch year ticks.
AJL found the first WHITETHROAT (141) near the golf club, with a 2nd bird near the footbridge, he also had 5 WHIMBREL and a SANDERLING on the beach.
10 TURNSTONE on the rocks , . Around South Huish Marsh a singing SEDGE WARBLER (142 ), 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, , 20+ SWALLOW. F SHOVELER stll arond with 6 TEAL
Offshore 2 FULMAR and a single COMMON TERN were all that could be found.
At South Milton Ley Bob B had a SEDGE WARBLER, 2 WILLOW WARBLER and a BLACKCAP.
Hopefully a clear night a SE wind on Sat might see some new arrivals
THURS 18 APR 2013
Late news from Wed - At 19.30 the SPOONBILL returned to T'stone Marsh - it was still there at 06.50 but had departed by 07.15. Last night the SWALLOW roost reached 70 around 20 birds late am .
managed a 2hr seawatch from 08.00 by the cafe produced 12 GANNET, 9 FULMAR 3 RAZORBILL -east and 1 WHIMBREL.
Arrived back home at 16.15 to be met by an excited Bob B who informed me of the superb WOODCHAT SHRIKE on South Efford Marsh- picked AJL up on the way and had vey good views for around 20 mins. The Aveton Gifford local patch birders have all got big smiles - well done guys !
WED 17 APR 2013
A day of 2 contrasting halves , 100% cloud poor viz offshore this morning .
Day started on a bright note with the 1stw SPOONBILL feeding on T'stone marsh at 07.45, also 2 REED WARBLER (138 ) were singing. , 20 + SWALLOW feeding.
3.5 hrs at South Huish Marsh / seawatch produced the first good passage of WHIMBREL - a total of 44 ( largest flock of 25 ) and Hirundines - 200+ SWALLOW, 14 HOUSE MARTIN, 8 SAND MARTIN ,also on the Marsh - 1 s/pl DUNLIN, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 1 SHOVELER, 1 WHEATEAR.
Offshore 9 GANNET, 2 FULMAR, 9 SANDWICH TERN , 17 COMMON SCOTER,
2 GADWALL -east. on the rocks 1 TURNSTONE.
The SSW wind increased to F7 in the afternoon and viz improved ( slightly) although with no sun there was no glare. Legged it to Warren Pt for 15.45 over the next 1.5 hrs a good passage of MANX SHEARWATER (139) totalling 180 birds with the largest flock of 40. 5 SANDWICH TERN and 6 ARCTIC TERN ( 140) flew east, 5 GANNET, 3 FULMAR, 5 GUILLEMOT flew east , 2 RED T DIVER.
No reports of any dead Auks today ..
TUES 16 APR 2013
One of the quietest days for a while. Poor viz meant still not able to pick anything up in the Bay apart from a single GANNET and 4 SANDWICH TERN.
At South Huish Marsh - 55+ SWALLOW, 1 DUNLIN , 1 WHEATEAR, 3 SHOVELER, 20 TEAL
Around Thurlestone marsh -100 SWALLOW, 2 SAND MARTIN, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 20 TEAL, 4 CHIFFCHAFF, 2 WILLOW WARBLER, GREEN WOODPECKER,
1 GUILLEMOT picked up alive this morning , only rec'd a report of one dead bird., although around 20 birds washed up around Bantham Bay
MON 15 APR 2013
Aimproving day although cloudy until mid afternnon. Poor viz over the sea.
Spent the morning on Warren Pt - about 250 yds further out into the Bay - unfortunately the anticipated Shearwaters could not be seen . In just under 3hrs - 13 GANNET, 3 KITTIWAKE, 5 FULMAR, 5 SANDWICH TERN, 8 COMMON GULL, 1 MED GULL, 2 CURLEW -E, 7 WHIMBREL -E, 17 TURNSTONE and a SANDERLING on the beach, 2 WHEATEAR, 2 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ).
Over both Marshes - 125 + SWALLOW, 50+ SAND MARTIN, 4 HOUSE MARTIN .
TEAL numbers still holding up well 43 SOUTH HUISH and 20 on T'stone Marsh
Although dead Guillemots being reported from Wembury there were none found in the Bay today. I am only aware of 2 over the w/end plus 1 at Hope Cove.
SUN 14 APR 2013
Another cloudy day , after o/night rain only a few showers this morning. A rough sea and a SSW f 6/7 wind provided some passage up to 10.30. Unfortunately the Kingsteignton Natural History group arrived at 10.30.
The SPOONBILL again on South Huish marsh until 10.00 looks as though it comes over before high tide,.Lots of SWALLOW 100+, SAND MARTIN 25+ and a lone HOUSE MARTIN over both marshes.
Offshore at 09.20 a flock of 20 COMMON TERN flew east close inshore , these were preceeded by a LITTLE GULL ( 137 ), 6 SANDWICH TERN , 4 FULMAR, only 7 GANNET , then at 10.25 4 BONXIES flew east together . A lone CURLEW flew east
Still waiting for our first Reed/Sedge Warblers and Manx S'water- roll on next week
SAT 13 APR 2013
What looked a great seawatching morning became impossible by 10.45 when the heavy rain and sea mist closed in. An increasing S5/6 wind produced a trickle of movement - 70 GANNET , 6 FULMAR, 7 SANDWICH TERN, 1 DUNLIN, 21 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN and at 09.55 the first BONXIE (136 ) of the year , which made it worthwhile
The 1st w SPOONBILL on South Huish Marsh first thing
During the day flocks of Hirundines feeding over T'stone Marsh - difficult to calculate totals - these are minima- SWALLOW- 70, SAND MARTIN -30,HOUSE MARTIN -1
Afew WLLOW WARBLERS singing around the patch
FRI 12 APR 2013
A cloudy morning with a strong W f5/6 wind which made seawatching a cold prospect.
At 09.00 on South Huish marsh a return of the 1st winter SPOONBILL - present until c10.30. , also 1 WHIMBREL, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 10 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, Best passage so far of SWALLOW -46 also 1 SAND MARTIN
In the Bay 16 COMMON TERN flew east ( one flock of 15 ) 7 SANDWICH TERN,
1 GREAT N DIVER, 2 m COMMON SCOTER- surprisingly not a single Gannet.
Around T'stone Marsh 9 SWALLOW, 3 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 CHIFFCHAFF , 20 TEAL
Will be interesting to see what the forecast S gales produce over the next 2 days .
THURS 11 APR 2013
Felt a lot warmer today with the wind moving to a SW f3 , a few showers during the day
First an addition for yesterday- just as we were leaving the house 2 HOUSE MARTIN were over the Marsh - I missed all the earlier one's so was pleased to add it to the year list.
At South Huish Marsh spring definately declared with the first WHIMBREL ( 135 ) -may have been just 1 but they all count ) as it flew calling over the marsh the 5 BLACK TAILED GODWIT followed it up the valley. A keen eyed visitor from Totnes picked up a WATER PIPIT just goimg into s/pl. 12 SWALLOW, 22 TEAL, 6 SHOVELER, 1m WIGEON. 8 BUZZARD and a MERLIN were over the Marsh. In the copse were 2 WILLOW WARBLER and a CHIFFCHAFF.
In the bay a few GANNET and 7 SANDWICH TERN.
At South Milton Ley -Bob B had 50 Warblers on site, managed to ring 3 CHIIFFCHAFF and 1 WILLOW WARBLER.
On the beaches 3 WHEATEAR and 5 TURNSTONE
This afternoon over T'stone Marsh - 9 SWALLOW and 1 SAND MARTIN
WED 10 APR 2013
A misty morning followed by an increasing SE cold wind and by 11.30 -rain .
After yesterdays fall back to normal fare today.
On South Huish marsh - 3 DUNLIN ( 1in s/pl ) 5 BLACK T GODWIT, 1 LRP, 4 SWALLOW, 2 WHEATEAR,
Offshore - 14 GANNET, 2 SANDWICH TERN, 2 TEAL, 1 RAZORBILL, 1 GUILLEMOT, 2 RED T DIVER -east at 09.45 ,
Nick T had 12 TURNSTONE on the rocks
On T'stone Marsh 45 TEAL, 2 SHELDUCK, 7 SWALLOW
At South Milton Ley there were 50+ CHIFFCHAFF ( 18 ringed ) 12 WILLOW WARBLER ( 8 ringed ) He also flushed a JACK SNIPE
Since 28 March Bob B has now ringed almost 300 CHIFFCHAFF and 40 WILLOW WARBLER - amongst the birds caught are 5 British Chiffy and 1 Willwa controls. Bearing in mind he operates mostly on his own these are very impressive results more appropriate with a Bird Observatory than a ringing station
TUES 9 APR 2013
Overnight rain , E wind F3/4 produced the first big fall of migrants .
Main activity was at South Milton Ley where Bob B was ringing from 11.00 - by 17.00 he had ringed 66 CHIFFCHAFF, 30 WILLOW WARBLER including only the sites second British control, one of the Willwa was an ACREDULA - often referred to as a " Northern Willow Warbler " a very grey bird . Only the second of this sub species found on the site
Trying to estimate the number of birds on site- none of the birds ringed was recaught- is difficult , as birds moving through all day we decided on -
250 CHIFFCHAFF, 70+ WILLOW WARBLER, 1 m BLACKCAP
Earlier during 3.5 hours watching South Huish Marsh CHIFFCHAFF moving through and feeding in the field were 60. MIPIT movement 110 , 26 LINNET, 2 GOLDFINCH, 5 WHEATEAR, 14 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN, 100 + WOOD PIGEON (one flock )
On the marsh - 5 BLACK T GODWIT, 3 RINGED PLOVER, 1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 2 DUNLIN, 3 SNIPE, 2 SHOVELER, 20 TEAL, 1m WIGEON.
Offshore - very quiet - only 5 SANDWICH TERN and a RED T DIVER .
This afternoon at T'stone Marsh - the CHIFFCHAFF totalled at least 30 , 1 WILLOW WARBLER 1 BLACKCAP, 1 TREE PIPIT 7 SWALLOW, 5 SAND MARTIN .1 WATER RAIL
At nearby South Efford Marsh ERIC W found 14 WATER PIPIT ( Devon Record?) and a male YELLOW WAGTAIL.
Will be interesting to see what Wed will bring with similar conditions
MON 8 APR 2013
Another cloudy day with some light showers earlyon , an increasing SE wind ( F7 by 12,.00 ) raised expectations which unfortunately did not arise. A 3.5 hr seawatch from the boot of my car only produced -
45 GANNET,11 SANDWICH TERN 1 ad COMMON GULL, 1 FULMAR, 7 COMMON SCOTER, . A GREY PLOVER and a REDSHANK flew through the Bay. A Small passage of MEADOW PIPITS totalled 95 , 7 LINNET, 1 SKYLARK.
South Huish marsh held 15 TEAL, 3 SHOVELER, 1m WIGEON, 5 BLACK T GODWIT. A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER flew in at 09.35 .
A late afternoon visit to Warren Pt came up with - 2 GREAT CGREBE, 1 s/pl BLACK T DIVER, 1 SANDWICH TERN . On Yarmer Beach were 7 RINGED PLOVER,
7 TURNSTONE , 2 DUNLIN, 1 WHEATEAR .
Bob B at South M Ley had 30+ CHIFFCHAFF ( 22 ringed ) , 1 WILLOW WARBLER ( in song )
Yet another Hirundine free day !
Late report from Bob B -at 18.30 2 SPOONBILL back on South Huish Marsh presumably they have been on Kingsbridge Est. since Thursday
SUN 7 APR 2013
A visit to Cardiff on Sat prevented me from visiting Start Point and missing out on the W S Bluethroat- ouch
Before leaving a brief early morning visit to the Bay found - 2 GREAT N DIVER,
3 RED T DIVER, & 26 SANDWICH TERN
Reports from Bob B and AJL - South Milton Ley- 1 TREE PIPIT ( 134 ) 3 REDWING and 50+ CHIFFCHAFF
On South Huish Marsh - 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( one showing Y ring over Red flag on left leg ) 3 L R P , 2 RINGED PLOVER., 6 SWALLOW and single SAND & HOUSE MARTINS
Today back to a bitterly cold SE f5 /6 wind and 100% cloud- very few grounded migrants
On South Huish Marsh - 7 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 5 SHOVELER , 1m WIGEON, 20 TEAL, . Along the hedge by the houses a FIRECREST.
6 WHEATEAR scattered around the Bay
Offshore , 1 GREAT N DIVER, 3 RED THROATED DIVER, 25 GANNET, 11 COMMON SCOTER, 11 RAZORBILL, 2 GREAT C GREBE ( displaying ) 17 SANDWICH TERN ,
2 TURNSTONE on the rocks .
This afternoon on T'stone Marsh 35 TEAL, 1m SHOVELER, 4 SNIPE, 2 LITTLE GREBE
FRI 5 APR 2013
A sunny day with good viz but still a bitterly cold NE f5 wind.
On South Huish marsh this morning were - 11 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 3 DUNLIN, 1 SANDERLING, 3 SNIPE. 25 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, 5 WIGEON, 20 WHEATEAR. a few Hirundines flew through - totals - 6 SWALLOW, 3 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SAND MARTIN.
Offshore was a Diver day - 6 RED THROATED ( included 2 s/pl birds on the sea )
1 GREAT NORTHERN , 27 SANDWICH TERN, 3 WIGEON flew through, 2 GADWALL, 2 TEAL and the 2 GREAT C GREBE were on the sea .
AJL had 3 RINGED PLOVER on the beach and 12 CHIFFCHAFF around the Golf course /Mallards Lane.
This afternoon on T'stone marsh - 42 TEAL, 5 SHOVELER, 3 SAND MARTIN,
At South Milton Ley Bob B had a SISKIN, 40 CHIFFCHAFF ( 15 Ringed ) also 2 m BLACKCAP.
So far this month a total of 101 species have been recorded, this is the earliest of any month over the last 3 years that the 100 mark has been reached
THURS 4 APR 2013
Started out a fine sunny and cold day with a F6 NE wind , by late afternoon 100% cloud and at 17.30 light snow started falling - that is a first for Thurlestone in April
The morning provided evidence of both wader and duck passage.
On South Huish Marsh 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER then 2 more flocks flew in off the sea of 6 and 5 making a total of 14 ( another site record ) This years passage of LRP's is way beyond anything seen in previous years up to 5 or 6 in total was deemed very good - the daily totals so far are - March recorded on 9 days totalling 36 birds , so far in April - 4 days totals are 25 birds . Whilst some birds will have stayed more than 1 day it is reasonable to assume at least 40 different birds.
Also on the marsh were - 6 RINGED PLOVER, 6 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 DUNLIN, 1 SANDERLING, 2 SPOONBILL ( AD + 1st w ) 20 TEAL, 1db BRENT GOOSE ( in off the sea ) 2 WHEATEAR and a nice s/pl WATER PIPIT.
In the Bay a pair of TUFTED DUCK ( 133 ) joined 4 SHOVELER on the sea for a few minutes before flying up the valley , earlier another 4 SHOVELER flew up the valley. 2 COMMON SCOTER -E, 5 SANDWICH TERN, 2 COMMON TERN with a single RED THROATED DIVER on the sea . The 2 GREAT C GREBE still present.
This afternoon on T'stone Marsh - 30 TEAL, 7 SHOVELER ( briefly ) 4 SAND MARTIN and 1 SWALLOW
WED 3 APR 2013
Another sunny but cold day - for the first time I can remember in APRIL parts of both marshes still iced over at 9.00am
First an update for yesterday - at 19.30 both SPOONBILL returned to Thurlestone Marsh also 1 WATER RAIL.
The BRENT GOOSE returned to South Huish Marsh.
This am on South Huish Marsh were the 2 SPOONBILL ( later at 13.30 reappeared on T'stone Marsh )also 5 WIGEON, 15 TEAL, 4 SNIPE 3 LRP at 10.40 were joined by 6 more which flew in off the sea ( new site record with 9 ) 1 BLACK T GODWIT, 6 WHEATEAR, 35 MIPIT over. 6 ALBA WAGTAIL.
In the Bay Bob B had a BLACK T DIVER flying east , also 2 COMMON SCOTER, 7 SANDWICH TERN, 2 GREAT C GREBE, 1 TEAL -W
Late pm on T'stone marsh -30 TEAL, 2 SHOVELER, 2 SAND MARTIN, 6 CHIFFCHAFF
TUES 2 APR 2013
A lovely spring day - providing you could be sheltered from a cold F5/6 ENE wind .
On South Huish Marsh this morning were 2 SPOONBILL ( 1 ad + 1 1st w )
1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 1 LRP, , 7 SHOVELER, 30 TEAL ,2 SHELDUCK,
13 WHEATEAR, 115 MEADOW PIPIT ( flew N )
In the Bay - 28 COMMOM SCOTER ( E ), 2 GREAT C GREBE, 3 SHELDUCK (on sea ) 7 SANDWICH TERN .
This afternoon at T'stone Marsh 30 TEAL, 1 SNIPE, 1 SAND MARTIN,
At South Milton Ley - 50+ CHIFFCHAFF ( Bob managed to ring 20 )1 m BLACKCAP, 1 WILLOW WARBLER
During the morning Bob B and I had 3 flocks of WOOD PIGEON totaling 160 flying N ( quite high ) .
MON 1 APR 2013
A cloudy am with breaking sunshine late afternoon. Strong F7 E wind.Observers today - Bob B AJL, Nick T and Myself produced between us a total of 72 species and not a Hirundine amongst them.
In fields near Upton Cross were 2 GOLDEN PLOVER
Around T'stone Marsh a SNIPE , GREEN WOODPECKER, BLACKCAP
On South Huish Marsh 3 SPOONBILL ( again departed late morning ), 4 Ringed Plover, 1 LRP ( late aft ), 1 GREY PLOVER, 1 REDSHANK , 3 DUNLIN, Duck no's unchanged.
In the Bay 5 SANDWICH TERN, 21 COMMON SCOTER, 3 GREAT C GREBE, 1 GREAT N DIVER, 1 GUILLEMOT.
On the rocks were 14 TURNSTONE, 1 RINGED PLOVER.
A quick visit to South Milton Ley at 16.30 produced 75+ CHIFFCHAFF feeding on the filter beds or on the bramble bushes ( very few were ringed )