VISITING BIRDWATCHERS- NEW CAR PARK RESTRICTIONS 

One of my favorite spots is in Bob's car park - looks as though this has been sold to new owners who have installed a camera on the entrance and loads of new car parking signs .

charges are 1 hour £1, 3 hours £ 3 , 14 hours - £5.

There is now only 1 entrance to the car park , the far one has been blocked off . The camera is operational so now have to pay

This was the best sewatching position due to height above the sea and great in SE winds on sunny days 

SUN 26 MAY 

reports received of 4 RINGED PLOVER on the beach .  Later 4 SANDERLING 

Thurlestone Garden -

GREEN WOODPECKER, SEDGE WARBLER, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY .

3 SWIFT in village 

TUES 21 MAY 

Alan spent the morning at South. Milton Ley where he ringed 32 birds amongst which were-

2 BLACKCAP, 3 CETTIS WARBLER, 4 CHIFFY, 8 REED WARBLER ( 1 with a Jersey ring) 6 SEDGE WARBLER 

Recent records from my Thurlestone Garden- 

GREEN WOODPECKER, JAY, CHIFFY, BLACKCAP, LONG TAILED TIT , TAWNY OWL 

WED 15 MAY 

Seawatch fro seat above Yarmer Beach, 09.30- 10.45 , bright periods , wind SSE F4- very little moving .

Only waders on the beach - 6 OYSTERCATCHER 

14 GANNET -SE, 12 KITTIWAKE-SE, 12 CORMORANT. 

At 09.50 picked up 2 COMMON TERN flying and feeding, SE across the Bay .

'Gulls - 2 GREAT B B , 1 LESSER B B 

Along the coast path - 2m 1F STONECHAT, 1 WHITETHROAT, 8 LINNET , 1 SKYLARK

Late news -

At South Huish Marsh  -evening - HOBBY 

Report from Aveton Gifford - A Cuckoo( 148 )

 

TUES 14 MAY 

Rained until 10.30 then sunny periods , brisk F5/6 ESE wind .

Seawatch from flats 09.40- 11.30 

Once the rain and poor visibility cleared away the birds started moving -SE 

Highlight was a single ARCTIC SKUA flew SE @ 10.20 and 3 ARCTIC TERN ( 147) 2 SE @ 10.50 & 1 @ 10.57 

60 GANNET -SE, 4 FULMAR-SE, 2 SHELDUCK-SE, 1 M MALLARD -SE, 

10 CORMORANT, 6 RAZORMOT-SE , 3 HOUSE MARTIN 

GULLS - 26 HERRING, 2 GREAT B B , 3 KITTIWAKE-SE 

On South Huish Marsh -

6 SHELDUCK , 8 MALLARD , 2 MUTE SWAN , 1 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 KESTREL, 10 HOUSE MARTIN, 3 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN , 3 SWIFT 

Late news -

'At 17.30 a HOBBY flew SE over Thurlestone Marsh .

Late afternoon a WHEATEAR at South Huish Marsh 

 

THURS 9 MAY 

Late afternoon report from South Huish Marsh 

17.30 - found  by Nick T -

1m 1F GARGANEY ( 146 ) , 1M 1 F TUFTED DUCK , AVOCET still showing well , flock of 12 BAR TAILED GODWIT & 1 WHIMBREL flew over straight up The Valley , 1 WHIMBREL On the marsh , 7 on the rocks 

late news of 11 Redshank flew in briefly at  19.15 

WED 7 MAY 

'Nice summers day, little breeze .

09.45 - South Huish Marsh 

Avocet - still showing well, 7 WHIMBREL, 3 SHELDUCK, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON, 2 MUTE SWAN, 10 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 SWALLOW, 

3 RAVEN, SEDGE WARBLER, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY 

Thurlestone Garden - pm 

5 BUZZARD  ( soaring high ) , 1SPRAWK, 1 JAY, 1 GREEN WOODY, BLACKCAP, CHIFFY

TUES 7 MAY 

South Huish Marsh 

AVOCET still showing well, this morning 5 WHIMBREL.

Thurlestone Garden- 

this morning 2 M BLACKCAP, CHIIFY , 1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER 

SUN 5 MAY 

A wet morning , poor visibility, light E breeze 

South Huish Marsh 

3 SHELDUCK, 6 MALLARD, 2 MUTE SWAN, 6 MOORHEN, 2 HERON 

1 AVOCET( 145 ) 1 DUNLIN, 1 BLACK HEADED GULL, 2 STONECHAT, 

4 SAND MARTIN, 25SWALLOW, 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 PIED WAGTAIL, REED & SEDGE WARBLER

In the gloom offshore 2 GANNET -SE 

The AVOCET is only the 2nd MAY record in the last 7 years 

WED 1 MAY 

A cracking start for MAY with 2 year ticks -

At Aveton Gifford Eric reported a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (143 ) & 

a WILLOW WARBLER .

At South Huish Marsh at 15.30  a Report of an elusive BITTERN (144 )from the car park - a few years since we last recorded this specie on the patch , also a M PINTAIL, 1 F WHEATEAR 

MON 29 APRIL

Report from James at Hope Cove 

am - a dp ARCTIC SKUA flew SE , pm 289 MANX SHEARWATER -SE , 

4 RED T DIVER ( 3-SE, 1 ON SEA ) 

SAT 27 APRIL 

Heavy showers this morning produced good numbers of Hirundines.

Seawatch from 10.00 -11.15

27 GANNET, 12 MANX SHEARWATER, 1 FULMAR, 8 RAZORMOT, 

4 TEAL- NW, 6 KITTIWAKE, 5 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG 

ON rocks 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET 

WHIMBREL - this morning , 6 on rocks , 7 in silage field, 9 in off .,

4 on marsh 

BAR T GODWIT - 3 in off ( with WHIMBREL)

South Huish Marsh -

6 SHELDUCK, 2 TEAL, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 50 + SWALLOW , 15 SAND MARTIN (2 flocks ) , 4 HOUSE MARTIN 

Late news for MON 22 APRIL 

A report via Eric of a PURPLE HERON ( 142) in the ditch /reeds by the overflow car park pool and the Marsh .

The person who reported it gave a good description and was not aware of the bird at Beesands on Wednesday 

First site record for a few years 

FRI 26 APRIL 

Cloudy wet morning, wind E 3/4

09.20- 11.20 Seawatch 

Sheltered and dry by the flats -

87 GANNET, 107 MANX SHEARWATER, 4 FULMAR, 3 RAZORMOT-NW

1 BLACK THROATED DIVER - IN BAY close in , partial sp 

1 SHAG, 17 CORMORANT, 26 SWALLOW - in off sea 

Rocks -

9 WHIMBREL, 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 LITTLE EGRET 

South Huish Marsh - very Little -

7 SHELDUCK, 1 M TEAL, 1 HERON, 10 SWALLOW, 2 SAND MARTIN., 1 HOUSE MARTIN 

 

THURS 25 APRIL 

A cloudy and overcast morning with a cold NNW F4/5 wind 

09.15 BAY 

1 GREAT N DIVER - SE @ 10.45 , 7 GANNET, 1 GREYHERON -NW 
( about 1.5 miles offshore ) 4 RAZORMOT-SE, 3 SHELDUCK-NW 
( high ) 1 SHAG, 12 CORMORANT, 45 MANX SHEARWATER -NW ( long way out ) 

Rocks -

11 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT & 19 WHIMBREL ( flew in @ 09.50 , flew off up valley @ 10.45 ) 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1GREY HERON , KESTREL over 

South Huish Marsh -

2 GREYLAG GOOSE ( not hybrid ) ( 141 ) , 7 SHELDUCK, 2 TEAL, 

First big movement of Hirundines - 11.05- 40 SWALLOW, 

1 HOUSE MARTIN, 2 SAND MARTIN & @11.35 another wave of 25 

SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN 1 SAND MARTIN 

All flew off north

At South Milton Ley Alan only ringed 8 new birds in 5 hours-

1 REED WARBLER, 1 SEDGE WARBLER, 2 BLACKCAP, 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 CIRL BUNTING 

Also on site- 1 PEREGRINE, 1 TAWNY OWL, 20 SWALLOW & 10

HOUSE MARTIN 
 

WED 24 APRIL 

News from Yarmer Beach -

7 OYSTERCATCHER, 5 TURNSTONE, 4 WHIMBREL, 1 CURLEW, 2 WHITETHROAT 

West Buckland Valley 

Spent 3 hours this morning walking The Valley, very enjoyable with plenty of birds in song . I logged 27species, interesting were -

11ROBIN, 12 BLACKBIRD, 4 WREN, 6 CHIFFY, 8 BLACKCAP, 

12 BLUE TIT, 7 GREAT TIT, 1 RAVEN, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 7 GOLDFINCH, 1 GREENFINCH, 4 CHAFFINCH, 2 DUNNOCK, 3 BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 2 CIRL BUNTING, 3 GREAT SP WOODPECKER,

1 GREEN WOODPECKER, 5 SWALLOW, 3LINNET 

 

TUES 23 APRIL 

Afternoon of bright/sunny periods, wind NW F3/4 

15.30-17.00 South Huish Marsh 

4 BAR TAILED GODWIT , 5 DUNLIN, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 2TEAL, 

12 SHELDUCK, 2 COOT, 2 MUTE SWAN, 2 HERON, 3 LITTLE EGRET,

1 SPRAWK, 8 SWALLOW , 1 SWIFT - stopped for a drink before continuing north 

MON 22 APR 

Overcast morning light breeze, showers in afternoon.

09.30- Rocks 

2 Little Egret, 1 HERON, 8 WHIMBREL, 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT, 

2 OYSTERCATCHER.

On sea-

6 CORMORANT, 1SHELDUCK, 1 BLACK HEADED GULL 

South Huish Marsh -

morning- 14 SHELDUCK, 2 MUTE SWAN ( both adults), 2 COOT, 1 HERON, 3 SWALLOW , 1 HOUSE MARTIN, 1 BUZZARD 

15.00-16.15-

11 SHELDUCK, 2 TEAL, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON , 2 BAR TAILED GODWIT , 10 WHIMBREL ( up valley), 2 DUNLIN, 8 SWALLOW

Rocks - 5 WHIMBREL, 1 CURLEW 

11 .15 South Milton Ley 

2 WILLOW WARBLER, 2 CETTIS WARBLER, 2 BLACKCAP, 1 JAY, 1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODY.

9 BUZZARD watched soaring up The Valley in groups of - 3, 3, 2 &1

Ringing Control - SEDGE WARBLER 

Controlled at S M Ley by Alan P on 18 April-

Ringed as an adult at Lytchett Bay  on 25 July 2018 .

Remarkably this small bird has crossed the Sahara Dessert 14 times !

SUN 21 APRIL

Suuny cool morning  E f4 breeze.

09.30 Bay 

2 GANNET, 2 RAZORMOT 

Rocks -

3 BAR TAILED GODWIT , 14 WHIMBREL a further 20 flew in and then straight up The Valley @ 10.45, 1 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 OYSTERCATCHER 

South Huish Marsh 

10 SHELDUCK, 2 COOT, 3 RAVEN, 8 SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 

1 SEDGE WARBLER, 1WHEATEAR, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 3 LITTLE EGRET 

 

SAT 20 APRIL

Sunny morning , cool, with a brisk F4 ENE WIND 

At this time of the year E winds usually means offshore passage - this morning was poor compared with expectations. Stood in a sheltered spot on the hill near Bob's car park from 09.00-12.15 

24 GANNET, 2 FULMAR, 1 GREAT N DIVER -NW @ 09.30, 

2 KITTIWAKE-NW, 2 SANDWICH TERN-NW , 8 CORMORANT, 

1 SHELDUCK - on sea , 13 BAR TAILED GODWIT - 7 @10.32 landed on rocks , flew off up The Valley @10.45, 6 landed on rock @11.25 
( still there when I left )

16 LINNET - S, 6 GOLDFINCH-S , 2 SWALLOW-N 

Evening reports from the Marsh -

1 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER ( 139) , 1 RINGED PLOVER, 3 WHIMBREL 

1 SWIFT ( 140)

 

 

FRI 19 APRIL 

Cloudy cool morning with a brisk NW F4/5 wind 

09.00 - ​72 GANNET -NW- included 3 lines of 9, 8, &6  adults - a great sight 

1 BLACK T DIVER -NW @09.35, 6 RED T DIVER - NW @10.04 - 1 flock 

5 COMMON SCOTER-NW , 14 CORMORANT, 2 RAZORMOT 

On rocks - 3 WHIMBREL, 7 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET 

South Huish Marsh - 

7 SHELDUCK, 2 TEAL, 2 COOT, 1 HERON, 2 LITTLE EGRET.

5 SWALLOW 

Could only find 2 WOOD SANDPIPER - at the back of the marsh 

viewed from the gate to the middle house .

Report from the lanes around the marsh of 5 WHITETHROAT 

THURS 18 APRIL 

A sunny morning , light NW breeze, cool 

09.00 -Bay 

Offshore passage quiet in 45 mins just 1 GANNET-SE, 1 FULNAR-SE, 6 CORMORANT 

On sea 4 SHELDUCK + 2 flew in from W 

WHIMBREL - a total of 23 birds landed on the rocks - 2 @10.15, 

11 @ 10.40, 5 @ 11.00, 5 @ 11.05 

BAR TAILED GODWIT  (138 ) - 1 flew in with the first 2 WHIMBREL , 

still in winter plumage 

All of them flew off SE @11.20 

South Huish Marsh -

Found the 3 WOOD SANDPIPER feeding at the back of the Marsh with a BLACK TAILED GODWIT, RUFF still at the front of the island .

A report of a RINGED PLOVER on the scrape at 11.30

11 SHELDUCK, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON , 2 HOUSE MARTIN, 

1 REED WARBLER 

Late reports for -

South Huish Marsh - 15.30

18 BAR TAILED GOWIT.  & 14 WHIMBREL flew in and went straight up The Valley 

South Milton Ley-

10 REED WARBLER , UP to 5 SEDGE WARBLER , CETTIS WARBLER 

1 WILLOW WARBLER 

Village garden -

2 BULLFINCH 

3 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 RUFF, 1 DUNLIN - A Richie Moore photo 

WED 17 APR 

Sunny periods ,cold NW F 4/5 WIND 

Seawatch/Bay - 09.10-10.40

33 GANNET -NW, 7 COMMON SCOTER-NW, 1 BLACK T DIVER - on sea @10.05 ( flew in from W ) 1 GREAT WHITE EGRET -NW across Bay about 2 miles out , 1 PUFFIN - Flew in from SE landed on sea @ 09.15.14 RAZORMOT-SE, 6 CORMORANT, 24 KITTIWAKE-NW 

On rocks- 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 WHIMBREL 

South Huish Marsh - 10.40-12.00

9 SHELDUCK, 7 M MALLARD & 3F with a total of 22 ducklings , 1 F TEAL, 3 HERON, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 COOT 

Still singles of RUFF & WOOD SANDPIPER in the reeds - very elusive 

2 Swallow 

Yesterday StuartL ( he of Golden Oriole fame ! ) walked through South Milton Ley - 1 WILLOW WARBLER (137 )

Report from Richie this evening - RUFF & 3 WOOD SANDPIPER still on the Marsh this evening although elusive 

 

TUES 16 APRIL 

Wind abated to a NW 5/6, heavy showers interspersed with bright periods 

Seawatch 09.00- 10.45 -

DIVERS - 1 GREAT N -nw @09.05 

RED T - 1 nw @ 10.10, , 1 on sea @10.18

BLACK T - on sea 1 @10.18 & 1 @1023 

TERNS - 8 SANDWICH -se , 2 COMMON _- se, 1 LITTLE ( 135 ) se @09.35

3 KITTIWAKE -nw .

At 10.00 picked up a HOBBY ( 136 ) flying in off the sea by the rock 

On rocks -

9 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE 

South Huish Marsh -10.45 - 12.00 

Could only find 1 WOOD SANDPIPER & 1 RUFF  Sheltering in the reeds . 1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 14 SHELDUCK, 1 M TEAL, 7 MALLARD, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 2 CATTLE EGRET

1 COOT, 6 MOORHEN, 14 SWALLOW, 2 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SAND MARTIN, 2 CHIFFY 

MON 15 APRIL 

Heavy rain early morning, NW gales F9 .Short visit to South Huish Marsh-

WOOD SANDPIPERS, RUFF & BLACK TAILED GODWIT still present , difficult to find due to them hiding in the reeds 

Also -

20 OYSTERCATCHER, 10 SHELDUCK, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 RAVEN, 

1 SWALLOW 

SUN 14 APRIL 

What a day for the patch with a life tick and 5 year ticks .

-9.25 South Huish Marsh 

3 WOOD SANDPIPERS &  1 RUFF still showing well, also a nice summer plumage BLACK TAILED GODWIT , 19 OYSTERCATCHER, 

2 CATTLE EGRET, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 6 TEAL, 9 SHELDUCK,

3 SWALLOW , 1 HOUSE MARTIN (130 ) SEDGE WARBLER & REED WARBLER (129 ), 2 CHIFFY 

On rocks near Yarmer Beach - Rob & Steph had 4 PURPLE SANDPIPER ( 131 ) , later I had a WHITETHROAT ( 132 ) in the gorse .

However the find of the day & year was found at 12.00 by Stuart Logan - a stunning male GOLDEN ORIOLE (133 ) a life tick for patch `& UK .Last recorded around 13.40 - seen by a number of local birders 

At 15.15 Rob & Steph had a RED KITE (134 ) over South Milton 

 

 

Record shot from Tim Phillips of the male GOLDEN ORIOLE 

PURPLE SANDPIPER-ON ROCKS - photo- Steph Murphy 

SAT 13 APRIL 

Overcast afternoon, wind W f4/5

South Huish Marsh - 15.20-16.00

3 WOOD SANDPIPER (127 ) 1 RUFF, 1 DUNLIN, SWAN GOOSE, 2 SWALLOW -

Record spring count for WOOD SANDPIPER 

FRI 12 APRIL 

Mobile again car back on the road .

Sunny ( at last ) morning with F3 SW breeze .

09.25- South Huish Marsh 

9 SHELDUCK , 5 M MALLARD, 9 TEAL, 1 MUTE SWAN, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 2 CATTLE EGRET, 2 COOT, 6 MOORHEN, 23 OYSTERCATCHER 

2CHIFFY 2 SWALLOW 

Late afternoon news from Richie -

First WHIMBREL flock with 31 birds flying in at 18.15 , 2 GREENSHANK at the back of the marsh , 7 CATTLE EGRET , 

Small numbers of SWALLOW & SAND MARTIN .

Of interest  a SWAN GOOSE has been coming into the marsh late afternoon with some CANADA GOOSE

Early morning Report of an OSPREY  OVER the Marsh 

MON 8 APRIL 

Ideal spring passage conditions this morning with a cloudy horizon and a F5 SE wind - unfortunately someone forgot to inform the birds 

Spent 3hours from 09.00 seawatching from the car park - ended up with the worst totals of the year.

23 GANNET -SE, 4 MALLARD, 2 SHELDUCK-SE, 9 CORMORANT, 4 SHAG, 20 GREAT B B GULL -SE  ( mostly singles ) , 1 OYSTERCATCHER-SE, 1 SWALLOW ( in off ) 

Rocks - 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 SHAG . 

No more than 30 HERRING GULL .

SUN 7 APRIL 

Bright periods SSW gales f8/9 very rough seas

Seawatch from car park 09.25-11.00

38 GANNET-SE, 6 COMMON SCOTER-SE, 2 KITTIWAKE-SE, 3 WHIMBREL-SE, 1 GUILLEMOT - on sea, 1 SWALLOW-N 

Rocks/field-

4 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 CORMORANT, 3 CATTLE EGRET, 2 LITTLE EGRET 

From Hope cove - James 10.00-1130 

1 dp ARCTIC SKUA- SE @ 10.30 , 2 SANDWICH TERN , 2 AD MED GULL -SE , HE Also  had the SCOTER & SWALLOW 

SAT 6 APRIL 

Sunny periods with a strong SF6 wind 

Thurlestone Marsh - 08.00-

3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 SHELDUCK, 2 CANADA GOOSE 

09.30-11.00 Seawatch from car park 

20 GANNET-SE, 21 COMMON SCOTER -SE, 1 FULMAR-SE, 

5 SANDWICH TERN-SE, 1 KITTIWAKE-SE, 7 BLACK HEADED GULL 

6 CORMORANT, 3 SHAG 

On rocks - 

1 WHIMBREL ( 124 ) , 2 OYSTERCATCHER 

South Huish Marsh -

Early Report of a SWALLOW 

Late afternoon at the Marsh - 5 SWALLOW, 8 SHELDUCK , 

3 CATTLE EGRET, 5 LITTLE EGRET 

FRI 5 APRIL 

Reports received-

James at Hope Cove morning-

22 SANDWICH TERN, 5 COMMON SCOTER, 1 DP ARCTIC SKUA ( 124) 

Nick - South Huish Marsh - morning-

2 SWALLOW 

THURS 4 APRIL 

Another morning of bright periods with a SW f 6/7 wind , hazy offshore.

Seawatch from 09.30-11.15 again disappointing-

22 GANNET - NW, 1 RED T DIVER -SE @ 09.46, 5 COMMON TERN - SE 

@ 09.47 , 2 KITTIWAKE-NW, 6 CORMORANT, 2 SHAG 

WED 3 APRIL 

The rain stopped ! , bright periods eve a glimpse of the sun , wind 

W F7

08.00- Thurlestone Marsh - 

2 SHELDUCK, 4 MALLARD, 2 CANADA GOOSE , GREENFINCH 

Seawatch from car park - 10.00-11.00-

31 GANNET, 1 SANDWICH TERN-SE, 1 COMMON TERN -SE @10.30 

( 123 ), KITTIWAKE, KESTREL, STONECHAT 

Walked over to South Huish Marsh - even more flooded after yesterdays rain - 7 TEAL, 4 MALLARD, 1 MUTE SWAN, 5 MOORHEN, 

19 OYSTERCATCHER 

On rocks - 

3 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 TURNSTONE 

South Milton gardens -

GREEN & GREAT SPOTTED WOODY, JAY, LONG TAILED TIT, TAWNY OWL 

 

MON 1 APRIL 

Showers and bright periods today , my birding limited to the garden and adjacent Thurlestone Marsh -

2 SHELDUCK, 4 MALLARD, 1 HERON, 2 BUZZARD, PIED WAGTAIL, 

1M 1F BLACKCAP, 5 CHIFFY 

At Aveton Gifford Eric reports NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, MISTLE THRUSH, 3 M BLACKCAP, 6 CHIFFY 

Late report from South Huish Marsh -

5 CATTLE EGRET, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 WATER PIPIT ( summer plumage ) , 1 SANDWICH TERN - on rocks 

SUN 31 MARCH 

F6 E winds with bright periods, joined by Richie from 08.00, with Rob & Steph & me from 09.00- given the conditions another disappointing morning.

93 GANNET- SE, 3 SANDWICH TERN-SE, 7 COMMON SCOTER-SE

1M 1F GADWALL -SE, 10 MALLARD, 9 SHELDUCK-SE 

5 RAZORMOT-SE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 10 BLACK HEADED GULL , 

1 AD MED GULL, 1 M STONECHAT, 3 PIED WAGTAIL , 14 MIPIT -S 

4 LINNET-S , 1 SKYLARK 

SAT 30 MAR 

Sunny periods this morning with a SSEF 3/4 wind .

07.45 - Thurlestone Marsh 

4 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 6 MALLARD., 2 SHELDUCK, 1 MMTEAL, 2 CANADA GOOSE , 1 CHIFFY 

09.00-1030 & 14.00-14.30 Seawatch from car park 

30 GANNET - SE, 5 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG, 12 COMMON SCOTER -OB SEA increased to 15 @ 14.00 , 2 CANADA GOOSE -SE, 3 GREAT B B GULL-NW, 1 GUILLEMOT- ON SEA 12 MIPIT-S , 3 LINNET-S 

 

FRI 29 MAR

Sunny periods with a brisk F6/7 SSW wind .

Seawatch from car park - disappointing 09.20-11.20

50 GANNET-SE , 1 FULMAR-SE, 1 KITTIWAKE-SE, 1 SANDWICH TERN 

SE @ 10.50 , 7 GREAT B B GULL- NW 

Report from Richie early morning @ South Huish Marsh -

8 SHELDUCK, 1 CURLEW, 1 M WHEATEAR 

Thurlestone Marsh - plenty of shallow water resulted at 08.00-

2 SHELDUCK, 9 M MALLARD , 2 CANADA GOOSE, 1 HERON 

 

 

 

 

THURS 28 MAR 

After 2in of snow at 22.30 last night this had melted by 09.00 , 

a very wet day with frequent heavy rain, winds F8/9 SSW 

09.30- South Huish Marsh 

full flood again , only duck were - 5 SHELDUCK, 8 TEAL, 4 MALLARD , 

4 LITTLE EGRET ( no sign of any Cattle Egret ), 17 OYSTERCATCHER 

1 M WHEATEAR ( field behind cafe ) 

Seawatch from flats 09.40- 11.00 - poor visibility in rain , very rough seas -

135 GANNET -SE, 2 FULMAR-SE, 1 SANDWICH TERN-SE

2 MALLARD-SE, 5CORMORANT, 2 SHAG, 2 RAZORMOT-SE, 

1 COMMON GULL -SE, 2 KITTIWAKE-SE , 2 GREAT B B GULL-SE

On rocks-

10 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET.

Report from John @ Hope Cove- morning 

8 MANX SHEARWATER-SE, 1 COMMIC TERN -SE , FULMARS 

KITTIWAKES 

WED 27 MAR 

A day of heavy showers of rain & hail , gale force winds from SW .

2 report from James at Hope Cove -

08.30 Monday 25 Mar at 08.30 a MANX SHEARWATER ( 121 ) flewSE

12.15 today - Hope Cove 

2 BONXIE ( 122 ) flew SE , also 3 SANDWICH TERN , 7 RED THROATED DIVER, KITTIWAKES & COMMON GULLS 

I went down this afternoon - got soaked in a hail storm - 14.45-16.15

On South Huish Marsh -

6 SHELDUCK, 11 TEAL, 6 MALLARD , 6 MOORHEN, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON, 2 MUTE SWAN, 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 TURNSTONE, 

10 PIED WAGTAIL 

Offshore -

95 GANNET-NW , 1 FULMAR-SE, 3 RAZORMOT-NW, 

On rocks- 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 9 TURNSTONE, 1 LITTLE EGRET 

Next few days look interesting for seawatching particularly Sunday with strong SE winds - birds flying up the channel will get blown into the bay and take the overland route to Dorset 

TUES 26 MAR 

 After a hectic w/end of celebrations last of our family returned home this morning enabling me to go over to the Marsh 

Early morning reports of a GREAT WHITE EGRET on the marsh and a F BLACK REDSTART on the flats 

Late morning-

1M 1F WHEATEAR ( behind the cafe ) 1 M REED BUNTING, 

10 CATTLE EGRET, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 5 TEAL, MALLARD., 2 SHELDUCK, 6 MOORHEN, 2 MUTE SWAN.

On the rocks - 
2 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

BAY - 

1 GANNET-NW, 1 RAZORBILL- on sea 

Interesting report from Alan of the 50th CHIFFCHAFF recovery 

since 1993- ringed on 30/9/23 - recovered 19/11/23 at 

Quinta da Atalia, Setubal, Portugal , 50 days distance 1342 KM .

This is a first CHIFFY recovery in Portugal
 

FRI 22 MAR 

11.30 over Thurlestone Marsh-

2 SWALLOW, 1 SAND MARTIN 

By my garden - 1 mBLACKCAP, 1 CHIFFY

THURS 21 MAR 

Cloudy cooler morning, wind WNW F3

South Huish Marsh 

7 SHELDUCK, TEAL, MALLARD , 11 CATTLE EGRET, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 

2 HERON , 1 M REED BUNTING 

Ofshore -

1 GANNET, 1 BLACK T DIVER ( on sea 09.35 ), 8 RAZORMOT - ON SEA

ROCKS - 

4 TURNSTONE, 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET 

 

WED 20 MAR 

Bright periods ,mild with a light Sw breeze 

09.30- South Huish Marsh - Big reduction in wildfowl

11 CATTLE EGRET , 8 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON , 30 TEAL, 

1 SHELDUCK, 6 MALLARD, 4 SNIPE, 10 MOORHEN, 2 COOT , 2 CHIFFY, 1 WATER PIPIT, 1 SPARROWHAWK 

On sea -

3 COMMON SCOTER, 1M 1F SHOVELER, 1M GADWALL, 3 GUILLEMOT 

4 SHAG 

On rocks -

2 TURNSTONE, 3 LITTLE EGRET 

TUES 19 MAR 

Cloudy , poor visability due to mist and drizzle, wind SW F3/4

09.30- South Huish Marsh 
50 TEAL, 5 SHOVELER (3 m) , 1 F WIGEON, 2 SHELDUCK, 6 MALLARD, 2 HERON, 10 CATTLE EGRET, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 2 COOT, 6 MOORHEN, 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 CHIFFY 

Brief Seawatch 10.40-11.15 - poor visibility 

20 GANNET-SE, 2 FULMAR-SE, 2 CORMORANT, 3 SHAG, 

8 GUILLEMOT - on sea + 17 RAZORMOT ( too far out for id ) 
 

MON 17 MAR 

Sunny periods with light showers , wind SW F4

Offshore - just a feeding flock of 150 + GANNET 

South Huish Marsh - left 11.30 

50 TEAL, 2 F WIGEON, 2 SHELDUCK, 9 SHOVELER ( 5m 4 f ) 

9 CATTLE EGRET, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 1 CHIFFY, 2 STARLING,

20 OYSTERCATCHER 

Between 10.45 - 11.10 a pulse of Hirundines-

14 SWALLOW, 5 SAND MARTIN 

My garden - 

1F CIRL BUNTING, 1 CHIFFY 

SUN 17 MAR

Sunny periods this morning, SW breeze F 3/4 

Seawatch 09.00- 09.50-

3 SHAG, 9 CORMORANT ( 3 &4-se ) , 34 GANNET-SE, 1 FULMAR - NW

7 RAZORMOT ( 2-SE, 5 on sea, ) 1 GREAT N DIVER -SE @ 09 25 

Rocks - 1 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET South Huish Marsh-

Big reduction in wildfowl from Friday !

25 TEAL, 4 WIGEON, 9 SHOVELER, 3 SHELDUCK, 11 MALLARD, 

11 CATTLE EGRET , 4 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 3 COOT, 5 MOORHEN 

1 WHITE WAGTAIL ( 119 )

15.30 - Thurlestone Marsh- outside my garden -

2 SWALLOW (120 ) - still present at 16.25

Report from Nick who walked through South Milton Ley-

GREEN & GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, CETTIS WARBLER

In his garden - 1 F BLACKCAP 

 

SAT 16 MAR 

Reports received today -

Richie @ South Huish Marsh - 3 SAND MARTIN (118) , 

1 M REED BUNTING 

John @ Yarmer Beach -

8 OYSTERCATCHER, 12 TURNSTONE, 4 RINGED PLOVER, 3 DUNLIN 

FRI 15 MAR 

Overcast morning with rain from 09.45, wind SW F7

Seawtch- 0840 -09.40 

GANNET - Large feeding flock of over150 , 20-SE, 1 FULMAR-SE, 

2 KITTIWAKE-SE, 5 CORMORANT, 1 SHSG

3 GUILLEMOT - on sea, 5 RAZORMOT-SE 

25 BLACK HEADED GULL -SE ( 1 flock )

-9.45-10.45 - South Huish Marsh

40 TEAL, 30 WIGEON, 1 F PINTAIL, 18 SHOVELER, 3 SHELDUCK, 10 MALLARD ( all males ) , 3 COOT, 5 MOORHEN, 4 MUTE SWAN, 

8 CATTLE EGRET, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 22 OYSTERCATCHER, 

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT, 2 CHIFFY 

Lanes - 12 -00 12 STARLING, 1 MISTLE THRUSH 

THURS 14 MAR 

A cloudy morning , showers and a brisk SSW F5 wind .

Seawatch from the flats 09.20- 10.45 

Largest GANNET total this year - 150 flew SE plus a feeding flock of at least 80 birds.

12 COMMON SCOTER - 1 F on sea , 10-SE, 1 NW , 2 PINTAIL - SE @ 10.12 , 1 GREAT N DIVER - on sea @ 10.22, 5 CORMORANT , 2 SHAG 

At 10.25 picked up a SANDWICH TERN ( 116 ) in the Bay, 10 min later there were  2 feeding together 

On rocks 20 OYSTERCATCHER 

On South Huish Marsh - 10.45-11.45 -

70 TEAL, 28 WIGEON, 16 SHOVELER, 1 F PINTAIL, 1 SHELDUCK, 

4 MUTE SWAN, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 9 CATTLE EGRET, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 

3 COOT, 7 MOORHEN , 22 OYSTERCATCHER.

At the back of the marsh a BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( 117 ) 

Late afternoon- Eric had a male BLACK REDSTART in Aveton Gifford 

WED 13 MAR 

A cloudy morning with a brisk F5 WSW wind 

09.15 South Huish Marsh 

Highlight this morning was a pair of TUFTED DUCK ( 115 ) - still present when I left at 12.00

Also - 50 + TEAL, 35 WIGEON, 2 SHELDUCK, 1 F PINTAIL, 18 SHOVELER, 12 MALLARD , 1 LITTLE GREBE, 4 COOT, 5 MOORHEN 

4 LITTLE EGRET, 11 CATTLE EGRET, 2 MUTE SWAN , 22 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 MUTE SWAN, 2 STONECHAT, 10 GOLDFINCH

GULLS - - 85 BLACK HEADED, 18 GREAT B B , 6 LESSER B B 

70 HERRIING 

On rocks - 1 TURNSTONE 1 LITTLE EGRET, 3 OYSTERCATCHER , 

1 RAVEN 

Bay- 8 GANNET, 1 RED T DIVER -NW, 20 BLACK HEADED GULL -SE, 1 1W MED GULL, 

SERIN - PHOTOS from Richie Moore 

SERIN 11/3

SERIN - 11/3

SERIN - 11/3

MON 11 MAR 

 A sunny morning with a light WNW f2/3 breeze , cloudy afternoon 

Highlight of the year so far was found by a Plymouth birder ( my apologies I am terrible with names - must be an age thing ! )  I got the call at 14.00 and dashed off to South Huish Marsh - a SERIN (114 ), found in the overflow car park, initially very difficult to pick up, however between 15.00- 15.35 gave superb views down to 50 feet -a patch tick for me- no 268 .

Whilst a first for the site there are historical records of pairs breeding in the grounds of Thurlestone Hotel in 1978., 1981/82 

Another spring migrant arriving with the SE gales on Thursday / 

Friday of last week 

Earlier in the morning birds on the Marsh were-

55 TEAL, 25 WIGEON, 14 SHOVELER ( 8 males ) , 1 F PINTAIL, 

1 SHELDUCK, 10 MALLARD, 4 MUTE SWAN, 3 COOT, 7 MOORHEN , 

6 CATTLE EGRET, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 SNIPE, 1 REDSHANK, , 

14 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 CHIFFY, 20 MIPIT, 1 WATER PIPIT, 2 LINNET

1 KESTREL 

 

GULLS -  45 HERRING, 6 GREAT B B , 5 LESSER B B , 5 BLACK HEADED, 1 ad MED.

On rocks - 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 LITTLE EGRET 

OFFSHORE -

1 GANNET -SE, 3 SHAG, 7 RAZORMOT - on sea, 1 SE 

Late afternoon - 16.00

Whilst watching the SERIN Nick had 3 WHIMBREL fly in off the sea 

SUN10 MAR 

Reports received for South Huish Marsh-

3 WHEATEAR, 1 RUFF, 1 REDSHANK, 11 CATTLE EGRET

My garden late afternoon/ evening-

1 PEREGRINE - over, 2 CHIFFY, 1 LONG TAILED TIT, SONG THRUSH, 

2 SNIPE, 2 TAWNY OWL 

 

SAT 9 MAR 

Another cloudy morning with light showers and a F5 E wind 

Another very interesting morning 

First late news for Tuesday 5 Mar late afternoon - Nick T had some WHIMBREL (110 ) flying over South Huish Marsh calling 

Seawatch 09.05- 10.45 

3 BRENT GOOSE flew in from west and flew straight up The Valley.

At 09.25 a M GOLDENEYE( 111) .  flew in from SE and eventually landed on sea in front of the flats . This is only the 3rd record in last 10 years. Last seen 09.45 
1 F COMMON SCOTER on sea, 18 GANNET, 21 CORMORANT, 2 SHAG , 

3 RAZORBILL & 1 GUILLEMOT - on sea, 3 RAZORMOT-SE 

On rocks - 2 LITTLE EGRET, 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 M STONECHAT 

1 RAVEN - over 

SOUTH HUISH MARSH 10.45-12.00

2 SHELDUCK, 18 SHOVELER ( highest marsh count for some years) 

1 F PINTAIL, 22 WIGEON, 60 TEAL, 4 MUTE SWAN, 2 COOT, 4 MOORHEN, 1 RUFF ( 112 ) , 1 SKYLARK, 10 PIED WAGTAIL, 2 OYSTERCATCHER, 1BUZZARD 

At 11.50 aM WHEATEAR (113) in the overflow car park- an early date - the first summer visitor 

FRI 8 MAR 

Spent the morning at South Huish Marsh , cloudy with an E F7/8 wind , from the shelter of the flats a 90 min Seawatch with first passage of ducks 
On South Huish Marsh , still very flooded -

30 WIGEON, 50 TEAL, 12 MALLARD , 1 F PINTAIL, 5M 3F SHOVELER 

50 CANADA GOOSE, 3 MUTE SWAN, 3 COOT, 4 MOORHEN, 1 HERON, 

8 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RAVEN , 4 PIED WAGTAIL, 

GULLS - 20 HERRING, 10 BLACK HEADED, 6 LESSER BLACK BACKED 

Seawatch - 09.40- 11.15 

14 TEAL - flew in from SE , landed on sea still present at 12.00

COMMON SCOTER - 2F -on sea, 7 &2 -SE, 4NW 

SHOVELER - 2M 2F flew into Bay , landed on sea , 2 FULMAR -NW ( 109 ) , 1 GANNET -NW, 1 GUILLEMOT & 2RAZORBILL - on sea 

5 RAZORMOT-SE , 6 CORMORANT, 1SHAG

10 MIPIT-N 

On rocks - 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 OYSTERCATCHER 

Very few Gulls - 15 HERRING, 1BLACK HEADED, 1 GREAT B B , 

2 LESSER B B 
 

PAPHOS DAY 10 TUES 5 MAR 

After dropping the car off walked the PAPHOS Headland- not that many birds -

4 STONECHAT, 2 CORN BUNTING, 4 RED THROATED PIPIT, 1 MIPIT, 

2 GREY PLOVER (110 ) 1 GREATER SAND PLOVER 

Walked around the mosaics site - again limited birds-

5 SARDINIAN WARBLER, 1 HUMES LEAF WARBLER, 4 CHIFFY, 

2 F BLACKCAP, 1 F BLACKBIRD , 1M 2F BLACK REDSTART, 2 GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO, 4 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR .

With just one addition finished the trip on 110 species , considering most of spring passage has not yet started a good total 

PAPHOS DAY 9 MON 4 MAR 

Last day with the car decided the main area to visit would be Akrotiri 

Ladies Mile/ ponds -

55 BLACK H GULL, 2 AD MED GULL, 16 SLENDER BILLED GULL, 

5 YELLOW LEGGED GULL, 1 BALTIC GULL, 1 CASPIAN GULL (102)

11 KENTISH PLOVER ( 103 ) 3 LITTLE STINT ( 104 ) 2 FLAMINGO 

Akrotiri Marsh -

Stll plenty of TEAL & SHOVELER, 2 LITTLE GREBE, 4 CATTLE EGRET

5 GREAT WHITE EGRET

5 RUFF (105 ) , 3 SPOTTED REDSHANK (106 ), 1 MARSH SANDPIPER 

(107 ), 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2 GREENSHANK, 1 BLACK WINGED STILT , 6 SNIPE, 9 SPOONBILL ( 108 ) 1 WOOD SANDPIPER 

2 MARSH HARRIER, BLACK FRANCOLIN, 25 STARLING, 100'S SWALLOW, 1 HOUSE MARTIN ( 109 )

16.00- Mandria-

6 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR, 1 NORTHERN WHEATEAR, 1M DESERT WHEATEAR, 2 SERIN, 12 WHITE WAGTAIL, 60 GREENFINCH 

Flock of 14 BLACK WINGED STILT flew west towards Timi Beach

PAPHOS DAY 8 SUN 3 MAR 

Short visit to Mandria this morning to see if the o/night rain brought any new migrants -

2 SARDINIAN WARBLER, 2 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR, 1 NORTHERN WHEATEAR, 1 E BLACK EARED WHEATEAR (100 ), 10 WHITE WAGTAIL 

Drove over to Latchi for lunch- at Theletra watched a M SISKIN ( 101 ) and a pair of BONELLI'S Eagles 

At Evretu Dam on way home just a F BLACK REDSTART 

last day with the car on Monday off to Akrotiri Marsh area to try and find some waders 

PAPHOS DAY 7 SAT 2 MAR 

Hotel car park - 1 M BLACK REDSTART

09.30 - Timi Beach 

9 YELLOW L GULL -E , 1 BALTIC GULL-E, 2 CHUKAR , 1 F BLACK REDSTART, 1 LONG LEGGED BUZZARD ( 93 ) drifting E

Mandria -

Larks Corner - Field 

1 TAWNY PIPIT (94 ) , 2 SERIN, 5 STONECHAT, 20 SHORT TOED LARK ( 95 ) , 30 SPANISH SPARROW, 30 WHITE WAGTAIL, 

2 MIPIT, 8 RED THROATED PIPIT, 2 SKYLARK, 1 NORTHERN WHEATEAR (96 ), 2 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR, 1 F DESERT WHEATEAR (97 ) 

Nata - 2 BONNELLIS EAGLE 

Anarita - 1 HOOPOE (98 )

Agia Varvara-

1 LITTLE OWL , 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER ( 99 ) - village res
Paphos Sewage Works 

26 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 1 GREEN SANDPIPER, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 4 CHIFFY, 4 CATTLE EGRET 
 

PAPHOS DAY6 FRI 1 MARCH 

Quieter day this morning walking around the PAPHOS Headland 

Highlight was the HUMES LEAF WARBLER(90) been present for 3 days - a Cyprus tick for me 

Also - 1 ROBIN, 6 STONECHAT, 2 STARLING, 20 GREENFINCH, 

3 F BLACK REDSTART, 1M BLUE ROCK THRUSH, 1 SARDINIAN WARBLER, 1 GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO (91), 1 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR, BARN SWALLOWS

Afternoon in the Bay a SHAG ( 92 )

 

PAPHOS DAY 5 THURS 29 FEB 

LONG drive today over to the Larnaca area - very enjoyable 

10.45 - Menoue Pools 

200 FLAMINGO, 2 GREY HERON, 1 F MARSH HARRIER, 1 SPECTACLED WARBLER (74 ) 

Larnaca Sewage Works lakes -

300 SHOVELER, 20 MALLARD 2M FERRUGINOUS DUCK (75), 

20 LITTLE GREBE, 5 RED CRESTED POCHARD (76), 2 CURLEW (77 ) 

1 BLACK TAILED GODWIT ( 78 ) 150 TEAL, 2 SPUR WINGED PLOVER 

Spiros Pool -4 AVOCET (79 ) , 2 LITTLE EGRET, 

Larnaka Salt Lake- 200 SHOVELER, 250 SHELDUCK (80 ), 200 Flamingo , many SLENDER BILKED GULL & BLACK HEADED GULL 

OROKLINI Beach - 4 SANDWICH TERN (81), 10 BLACK H GULL , 

1 ADD MED GULL (82 ) 

Jumbo Drain Channel - 1 COMMON SANDPIPER (83 ) , 8 TEAL, 

2 SPUR WINGED PLOVER 

Oroklini Marsh - both hides 

500 SHOVELER, 20 MALLARD, 150 TEAL, 2 RED C POCHARD,

5M 2F PINTAIL ( 84 ), 2 FERRUGINOUS DUCK, 2 GADWALL (85 )

3 SNIPE (86 ) 4 GOLDEN PLOVER ( 87 )1 KINGFISHER ( 88 )

22 FLAMINGO, 15 LITTLE GREBE, 11 GREAT CORMORANT, 

5 BLACK H GULL, 1 ADD MED GULL, 10 BLACK WINGED STILT (89 )

3 CHIFFY, 2 STONECHAT , 4 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 2 MARSH HARRIER

WED 28 FEB - PAPHOS Holiday  Day 4

Another sunny and warm day , 

10.20- AGIA Varvara 

2 Cyprus Warbler, 1 SARDINIAN WARBLER, 3 STONECHAT, 

1 LITTLE OWL (69 ) 10 SERIN, 1 ROBIN (70 ) 2 SONG THRUSH , 

1 BLACKBIRD (71 ), 20 CHAFFINCH 

Anarita Park - 

10 STONECHAT, 10 MAGPIE, 2 WOODLARK (72), 1 M BLUE ROCK THRUSH ( 73) 6 CORN BUNTING 

Mandria - 1 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR

Paphos Sewage Works - 25 SPUR WINGED PLOVER, 3 CHIFFY 

TUES 27 FEB 

Anothersunny day with a brisk breeze 

10.30 Ladies Mile pools 

2 COMMON SWIFT (46), 10 SLENDER BILLED GULL (47 ) , 75 BLACK HEADED GULL ( 48 ) 1 BALTIC GULL (49 ) 2 ARMENIAN GULL (50 )

2 FLAMINGO (51 ) 3 GREAT WHITE EGRET (52)

Akrotiri Marsh 

100 TEAL ( 53 ) , 20 SHOVELER (54 ), 6 MALLARD ( 55 ), 10 SPUR wINGED  PLOVER, 5 CATTLE EGRET (56 ), 6 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 

LITTLE EGRET, 100 BARN SWALLOW, 2 MARSH HARRIER (57 )

3 WATER RAIL (58), 3 LITTLE GREBE ( 59 ), 1 GREEN SANDPIPER (60), 2 GREENSHANK (61), 2 REDSHANK ( 62 )3 GLOSSY IBIS (63) 

1 SONG THRUSH (64)

Kensington Cliffs @ 15.15 - 10 GRIFFON VULTURE (65 ) - in flight 

2 ROCK DOVE ( 66 )

Aspro Dam @ 16.00 

1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE (67) 1 GREY HERON ( 68 ), 1 CORMORANT 

 

MON 26 FEB 

Another sunny day more of a breeze

Started off at Timi Picnic site 

1 Kestrel (18) 1 SARDINIAN Warbler (19 ) , 1 Bonnellis Eagle- N (20
1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 2 GOLDFINCH (21), 1 Quail - flushed (22), 

1 ZITTING CISTICOLA 

Mandria -

1 F BLACK REDSTART (23 ), 3 CHIFFY (24 ), 2 GOLDFINCH, 9 WHITE WAGTAIL, 4 BARN SWALLOW , 45 STARLING (25), 2 SERIN ( 26 ), 

1 M BLACKCAP (27 ), 6 LAUGHING DOVE (28), 2 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR (29 ) 65 GREENFINCH ( 30 ), 10 SKYLARK (31), 

SPANNISH SPARROW (32 ), 2 KESTREL, 4 CORMORANT, 5 YELLOW LEGGED GULL-W , LINNET (33)

4 STONECHAT 

Secret Valley 

8 COOT (34 ) 1 MOORHEN ( 35 ) 3 LITTLE EGRET (36 ) 3 CORMORANT, 1 CETTIS WARBLER (37 ) 1 STONECHAT 

Aspro Dam - 

1 BUZZARD (38 ) 20 JACKDAW ( 39 ), 2 MARPIE ( 40 ) , CHUKAR (41 )2 CETTIS WARBLER 

Paphos Sewage Works 

35 SPUR WINGED PLOVER (42), 30 CHAFFINCH (43), 2 MIPIT (44)

1 m BLACK FRANCOLIN (45 )
 

SUN 25 FEB - PAPHOS CYPRUS 

Arrived late last night-car being delivered on Monday.

had a walk along the coastal path from town centre to Paphos Headland in warm and pleasant sunshine - what a change from Thurlestone 

managed to log 17 species inc-

4 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 4 BARN SWALLOW, 2 CORN BUNTING, 

2 ZITTING CISTICOLA, 6 CRESTED LARK, 4 STONECHAT, 1 CYPRUS WARBLER, 4 RED THROATED PIPIT, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL, 1 GREAT TIT. 7 CORMORANT on the rocks 5 YELLOW LEGGED GULL 

THURS 22 FEB 

Those of you who hav been very observant will have realised no birding reports from me this week - unfortunately Ann& I wentdown with flu like symptoms on Sun/Mon . Compounded by the fact we should be flying to

Cyprus on Sat 

Hopefully we will have improved to make the long walk down the terminal at Bristol 

TUES 20 FEB 

Driving through the lanes late morning a flock of 30+ FIELDFARE flew over

information from Carol B- South Huish Marsh -

11 CATTLE EGRET, 21 WIGEON, 2 MED GULL, 1 WATER PIPIT 

On the rocks a F BLACK REDSTART 

 

MON 19 FEB 

News received from Richie the ringed REDSHANK- NXN is the same bird that present from 20 Nov 2022 to 27 Dec 2022 on South Huish Marsh - it also appears to be fitted with a transmitter.

it was originally ringed Dublin Ireland last seen there on 26 Oct 2022 

SUN 18 FEB 

After a very wet night South Huish Marsh flood level increased. 
Cloudy dry morning, WNW wind F 4/5 

09.30 -

47 TEAL, 35 WIGEON, 20 MALLARD, 2 SHELDUCK, 3 MUTE SWAN, 

10 CATTLE EGRET, 6 LITTLE EGRET, 5 MOORHEN, 1 COOT, 2 HERON

1 LAPWING, 1 REDSHANK, 22 OYSTERCATCHER, 14 SNIPE

1 SPRAWK, 1 WATER PIPIT, 1 1W. BLACK REDSTART

GULLS -

75 HERRING, 40 LESSER B B , 10 GREAT B B , 20 BLACK HEADED, 2 AD MEDITERRANEAN 

Thurlestone Garden 

1 JAY, 1 GREEN WOODY, 1 GREY WAGTAIL 
 

<South Huish Marsh - flooded 18/2

SAT 17 FEB 

After a call from Richie went over to South Huish Marsh at 13.45

when I arrived there were still 10 CATTLE EGRET ( 107 ) - he had at least 12 earlier . Very poor visibility and a well flooded marsh , another new arrival - COOT ( 108 ) 

An interesting REDSHANK with a white darvic ring ( - NXN also a yellow flag on right leg above knee ) 

Other species logged - WIGEON, TEAL, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 

3 MUTE SWAN, 30 SNIPE, 1WATER PIPIT

Early Morning John had a Peregrine . 

Fri 16 Feb 

On Thurlestone Marsh 08.00- 

9 MALLARD, 5 TEAL , 20 REDWING - O/NIGHT 3 TAWNY OWL calling , 1 GREY WAGTAIL , 1 LONG T TIT 

John reported a GREAT WHITE EGRET ( 106 ) flying down The Valley towards South Huish Marsh at 08.00.By the flats a BLACK REDSTART, along the coast path a RAVEN 

WED 14 FEB 

Cloudy damp morning- poor viz offshore 

09.35 Sou Huish Marsh -

50 TEAL, 44 WIGEON, 7 MALLARD, 1 F SHOVELER, 2 MUTE SWAN, 

5 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 7 MOORHEN,1 LAPWING, 25 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 STONECHAT 

GULLS - 30 HERRING, 1 BLACK HEADED, 2 GREAT B B , 3 LESSER B B 

MON 12 FEB 

A sunny dry day!, dawn frost 

08.00- Thurlestone Marsh 

1 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 8 MALLARD.

Garden- GREEN WOODY noe a daily regular , REDWING 

09.30 - South Huish Marsh 

38 TEAL, 50 WIGEON, 3 MALLARD , 1 SHELDUCK, 2 MUTE SWAN, 65 CANADA GOOSE, 10 MOORHEN, 1 LAPWING, 15 OYSTERCATCHER, 

16 SNIPE, 1 JACK SNIPE ( 105 ) 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 WATER PIPIT, 

 2 STONECHAT 

GULLS - 35 BLACK HEADED, 30 HERRING, 6 GREAT B B , 8 LESSER B.B

Rocks/ Bay 

5 SHAG , 6 CORMORANT, 1 LITTLE EGRET , 5 OYSTERCATCHER 

6 GANNET, 6 RAZORMOT 

 

 

FRI 9 FEB

After another night of heavy rain an almost dry period from 09.30

allowed me to do a 1 hour Seawatch from car park -

14 GANNET, 5 KITTIWAKE, 2 GREAT B B GULL, 1 BLACK HEADED GULL, 100+ HERRING GULL ( 90% 1W birds ) , 2 CORMORANT, 

1 RAZORMOT, 1 F COMMON SCOTER - on sea , 1 GREAT N DIVER -SE @ 10.12

More water on Thurlestone Marsh than throughout the winter resulted 10 20 MALLARD on the flood this morning. At 12.30 

a GREEN WOODY feeding on the lawn 

Late News from Eric - 1 BLACK REDSTART , local farmer reports 2 BARN OWL regularly flying around his farm 

THURS 8 FEB 

After a very wet night dry morning with a F6 SW wind 

09.30- South Huish Marsh 

17 MALLARD, 60 TEAL, 50 WIGEON, 9 MOORHEN, 2 MUTE SWAN, 

2 LITTLE EGRET, 16 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LAPWING, 2 SNIPE 

4 STONECHAT, 2 RAVEN, 20 STARLING 

Bay/ rocks 

2 DB BRENT GOOSE circled Bay 3 times before continuing SE , 

8 GANNET-SE, 1 RAZORMOT-SE, 1 F COMMON SCOTER- ON SEA, 

4 CORMORANT, 3 SHAG, 10 KITTIWAKE-SE

3 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 LITTLE EGRET 

Yarmer Veach - John reports - 1 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 20 TURNSTONE 

WED 7 FEB 

Carol reported a SANDERLING ( 104 ) on the car park,pool this afternoon . Eric had a MISTLE THRUSH at Aveton Gifford 

TUES 6 FEB 

Cloudy morning with a brisk WSW F5 wind . Spent the morning at Aveton Gifford 

09.30- 11.00 Tidal Road -

14 TEAL, 10 WIGEON, 13 MUTE SWAN, 1 LITTLE GREBE, 1 DUNLIN

1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 20 REDSHANK , 3 GREENSHANK , 

2 OYSTERCATCHER, 8 CURLEW, 4 LITTLE EGRET, 10 LESSER B B GULL, 1GREAT SP WOODY, 1 SONG THRUSH 

11.00-12.20 Car park , playing field , Icy Park 

1 GOLDCREST, 1 SONG THRUSH, 25 REDWING, 30 CHAFFINCH, 

3 SISKIN, 5 GOLDFINCH, 4 GREENFINCH, 1 M BLACKCAP, 4 CHIFFY, 1 COAL TIT 

MON 5 FEB 

 Dismal morning, low cloud and showers, wind WSW F5

09.40- South Huish Marsh -

33 TEAL, 50 WIGEON, 11 MALLARD, 2 MUTE SWAN, 2 LAPWING, 

5 OYSTERCATCHER, 6 MOORHEN, 4 LITTLE EGRET 

Arrival of GULLS @ 11.45-

160 BLACK HEADED, 5AD 1 2W 1 1W MED , 100 HERRING, 

8 LESSER B B , 5 GREAT B B 

Rocks/ Bay-

19 OYSTERCATCHER, 12 BLACK HEADED GULL, 1 AD MED GULL, 

1 GREAT B B GULL, 8 CORMORANT, 3 SHAG, 5 GANNET-NW, 

On sea - 3 RAZORBILL, 4 RAZORMOT 

At Aveton Gifford Eric reported a F REED BUNTING 

THURS 1 FEB & FRI 2 FEB .

Overcast morning with low cloud and light drizzle.

09.40- South Huis Marsh 

24 TEAL, 80 WIGEON, 4 MALLARD, 2 MUTE SWAN, 60 CANADA GOOSE, 5 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON, 10 SNIPE, 1 LAPWING,20 OYSTERCATCHER.

1 F STONECHAT, 5 MIPIT, 4 MOORHEN, 2 CHIFFY, 1 PEREGRINE

GULLS - 50 HERRING, 40 BLACK HEADED, 2AD 1 2W MED , 

1 LESSER B B, 3 GREAT B B 

Bay/rocks - 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 3 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG 

Thurlestobe Garden -1 GREEN WOODY 

Yarmer Beach- 6 OYSTERCATCHER, 20 TURNSTONE 

 

Yesterday - Aveton Gifford - Eric reports-

1 KINGFISHER, NUTHATCH, COAL TIT, GREAT SP WOODY, SONG THRUSH, 1 SPRAWK , 1 BLACK REDSTART 

Thurlestone Garden - 1 JAY, 4 SNIPE ( over )

WED 31 JAN 

Cloudy morning , light rain later , wind F4 inc6 

Unexciting end to the month .

09.20 South Huish Marsh

72 WIGEON, 22 TEAL, 20 MALLARD , 2 MUTE SWAN, 65 CANADA GOOSE, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 HERON, 5 MOORHEN, 8 OYSTERCATCHER 

1 LAPWING, 12 SNIPE, 1 F STONECHAT , 10 STARLING 

GULLS - 50 HERRING, 22 BLACK HEADED, 8 GREAT B B , 3 LESSER B B 

Rocks - 18 OYSTERCATCHER 

Bay- 21 GANNET -NW , 7 RAZORMOT-SE, 1 GUILLEMOT-ON SEA , 

1 RED T DIVER SE @ 09.45, 1 GREAT N DIVER - SE @09.57

2 SHAG, 7 CORMORANT 

 

TUES 30 JAN 

 Sunny cool morning, medium sw breeze .

-9.40- 12.30 South Efford Marsh, Aveton Gifford car park and tidal road .

6 TEAL, 18 WIGEON, 12 MUTE SWAN, 5 LITTLE EGRET. 1 HERON, 

22 CURLEW, 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 9 REDSHANK, 4 GREENSHANK, 

1 LITTLE GREBE, 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 1 M BULLFINCH, 

1 F BLACKCAP, 2 COAL TIT, 2 LONG T TIT, 20 REDWING, 

1 MISTLE THRUSH 

Watched a STOAT  moving along the wall of the Marsh at the far end of the tidal road 

One of the GREENSHANK has a yellow Darvic ring above the knee of its right leg - unfortunately flew off before I could get the scope on it 

MON 29 JAN 

Cloudy morning with a SW F5/6 wind .

09.40- South Huish Marsh 

49 TEAL, 13 MALLARD, 70 WIGEON, 2 MUTE SWAN, 3 MOORHEN, 

50 CANADA GOOSE, 8 OYSTERCATCHER, 14 SNIPE, 1 DUNLIN, 

2 HERON, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 1 WATER PIPIT, 1 F STONECHAT, 

20 PIED WAGTAIL ( 1 flock 17 ), 1 KESTREL.

GULLS - 110 HERRING, 40 BLACK HEADED, 1 AD MED, 

8 LESSER B B , 6 GREAT B B 

Rocks/ Bay -

17 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 6 GANNET -SE, 2 SHAG , 

3 CORMORANT.

LANES - 8 FERAL PIGEON-N 

Garden - 1 RAVEN -S

SUN 28 JAN 

Aveton Gifford - Erichad the BLACK REDSTART near the pub .

A JAY in my garden 

On Kingsbridge Est - Alan D reports 2 BLACK NECKED GREBE & 

3 GREAT N DIVER 

FRI 26 JAN 

Sunny morning with a W F3/4 wind 

09.35 - 11.45 

South Huish Marsh -

22 TEAL, 105 WIGEON ( 2 flocks ), 2 MALLARD, 1 M SHELDUCK , 

2 MUTE SWAN , 30 CABADA GOOSE, 5 MOORHEN, 10 SNIPE, 

1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 WATER PIPIT, 6 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 F STONECHAT,

20 STARLING

GULLS - 20 AD + 30 1W HERRING, 15 BLACK HEADED 

Bay/rocks -

2 AD GANNET-SE, 1 RAZORMOT-SE, 6 CORMORANT-SE, 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 

GULLS - 20 HERRING-SE, 25 BLACK HEADED 

Late news - 1 dead PUFFIN ( 103 ) and2 reported dead on South Milton Sands 

Aveton Gifford - Eric had 4 SISKIN in the village

THURS 25 JAN 

A cloudy morning with a light breeze .

An hours visit to Kingsbridge Estuary viewed from the Bowcombe 

Creek slipway -

2M 2F RED BREASTED MERGANSER, plenty of WIGEON, 

70 BRENT GOOSE - DB , 2 GREAT N DIVER, 1 SPOONBILL, 

Waders - 500 DUNLIN, 100 REDSHANK, 20 CURLEW, 20 OYSTERCATCHER 

Surprisingly no SHELDUCK 

WED 24 JAN 

Not as stormy as forecast overnight , sunny periods this morning with a SW F3/4 wind 

9.30- South Huish Marsh 

85 WIGEON, 25 TEAL, 5 MALLARD, 50 CANADA GOOSE, 2 MUTE SWAN, 6 MOORHEN, 1 HERON, 11 SNIPE, 1 DUNLIN, 4 OYSTERCATCHER, 10 MIPIT, 1 M STONECHAT 

'GULLS - 120 HERRING, 20 BLACK HEADED, 1 COMMON, 10 LESSER B B , 2 GREAT B B 

Offshore/rocks - very poor-

1 GANNET, 3 SHAG, 2 CORMORANT, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 5 OYSTERCATCHER, 20 BLACK HEADED GULL, 10 HERRING GULL, 

1 GREAT B B GULL

TUES 23 JAN 

One of those days when even the birds give up! Low cloud & rain with a WSW gale 8 wind .

Spent 2 hours from 09.45 sat in the car at South Huish Marsh -

60 WIGEON, 30 TEAL, 5 MALLARD, 2 MUTE SWAN, 30 CANADA GOOSE, 1 HERON, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 5 MOORHEN, 4 SNIPE , 

7 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 WATER PIPIT, 1 F STONECHAT.

15.00 @ Aveton Gifford- Eric had a flock of 30 LAPWING fly over his house 

MON 22 JAN 

A morning of bright periods , wind W F8 after stormy night - F10+ 

09.30- South Huish Marsh 

45 WIGEON, 22 TEAL, 2 MUTE SWAN, 12 CANADA GOOSE, 4 MOORHEN, 4 SNIPE 

GULLS - 60 HERRING, 30BLACK HEADED, 1 LESSER B B , 6 GREAT 

B B

Bay-1 GREAT N DIVER-SE @10.00, 1 GUILLEMOT- ON  SEA , 1 AD 

MED GULL -SE, 45 BLACK HEADED GULL, 3 CORMORANT, 2 SHAG

Rocks/ Beach - 20 TURNSTONE, 9 OYSTERCATCHER, 15 PIED WAGTAIL, 20 ROCK PIPIT 

'Huxton Cross - 8 FIELDFARE 

Aveton Gifford - 1 FIRECREST, 1 1W BLACK REDSTART, 1 JAY 

SUN 21 JAN 

Cloudy morning with an increasing SW wind up to F8 

09.30- South Huish Marsh 

80 WIGEON, 62 TEAL, 5 MALLARD , 2 SHOVELER, 8 MOORHEN, 1 WATER RAIL, 3 HERON, 3 LITTLE EGRET, 4 SNIPE, 3 DUNLIN, 26 LAPWING, 3 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 MUTE SWAN, 7 STARLING, 

1 1W BLACK REDSTART

GULLS - 250 BLACK HEADED, 20 HERRING, 1 COMMON, 3 MEDITERANEAN.

At 11.10 a MERLIN (102) flew over - attacked by a CROW, flew off back up The Valley 

Rocks /Beach-

17 OYSTERCATCHER, 24 TURNSTONE, 

BAY- 

3 F COMMON SCOTER, 2AD MED GULL, 2 GANNET, 3 KITTIWAKE, 1 PEREGRINE- SE @ 10.45 

'Huxton Cross - flock of over 35 FIELDFARE / REDWING reported 

Includes reports from Ritchie's 2 visits .

SAT 20 JAN 

 Visit to East Cornwall - unfortunately the high tide and gale force wind kept the number of birds low .

11.15 Wacker Quay 

50 + AVOCET, 2 BLACK Tailed GODWIT, 60 TEAL, 70 SHELDUCK, 4 WIGEON.

12 .15 HANNAFORE- LOOE 

Could only find 1 SLAVONION GREBE, 50+ CORMORANT/SHAG -on sea , 150 + GREAT B B GULL - on Looe island . Many GANNET  & KITTIWAKE offshore 

15.00- Millbrook Lake & Estuary 

4 LITTLE GREBE, 12 REDSHANK, 1 GREENSHANK, 2CURLEW 

FRI 19 JUNE 

Very cold night followed by a sunny morning, light N breeze .

South Huish Marsh still frozen over at 10.50- very few birds 

09.40-10.50 -

14 WIGEON, 5 TEAL, 1 MOORHEN, 23 SNIPE, 15 LAPWING, 

2 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 1 CHIFFY, 1 M STONECHAT, 1 WATER PIPIT, 102 BLACK H GULL , 5 HERRING GULL.

'Rocks - 17 OYSTERCATCHER, 7 BLACK H GULL, 1 1W MED GULL, 

5 HERRING GULL.

Late morning visit to West Buckland Valley - almost all birds at the Grove Corner area- not many 

2 GOLDCREST, 10 GOLDFINCH, 5 CHAFFINCH, 1HERON, 10 REDWING, 2 SONG THRUSH.

My Garden - neighbour reported a GREY WAGTAIL ( 101 ) On the house roof , 1 LONG T TIT , 1 KESTREL.

John reported from around sewage works this morning-

1 WATER RAIL, 6 SISKIN, 1 MISTLE THRUSH 

THURS 18 JAN 

 Sunny but cold morning, light N breeze .

Morning visit to Slapton Ley - not as many duck as I expected 

1M 1F GOLDENEYE, 1 M LESSER SCAUP, 1M PINTAIL, plenty of WIGEON, GADWALL , COOT, 6 LITTLE GREBE, 10 GREAT CRESTED GREBE , 2 GREAT WHITE EGRET, 1 FIRECREST, 5 CHIFFY, 8 FIELDFARE, 10 REDWING, 3 SONG THRUSH, 5 LONG TAILED TIT, 

2 CETTIS WARBLER .

Early afternoon Eric returning from a poor count at S H Marsh - near Huxton Cross a flock of 100 FERAL PIGEON - this brought up the 100 species for the patch 

15.15 my garden - 2 MISTLE THRUSH 

 

WED 17 JAN 

Cloudy morning no frost, wind NE F4/5 

09.30-11.00 South Huish Marsh & Bay 

95 WIGEON, 50 TEAL, 12 MALLARD, 1 1W MUTE SWAN, 5 MOORHEN, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 HERON, 6 DUNLIN, 20 OYSTERCATCHER 

2 RAVEN .

BAY -

1 GREAT CRESTED GREBE ( 99 ) , 3 F COMMON SCOTER, 9 GANNET,

4 CORMORANT, 4 RAZORMOT -ON SEA .

11.15 -11.40 South Milton Ley- Lots of disturbance due works being carried out , unlikely to be finished before March .

Only 6 CHIFFY, 2 SPARROWHAWK, 2 SONG THRUSH, 1 WATER RAIL, 

24 PIED WAGTAIL ( in field ) 2 LINNET , 1 LITTLE EGRET.

Afternoon visit to Aveton Gifford-

Tidal Road -3 TEAL, 6 MUTE SWAN, 1 LITTLE GREBE , 4 GREENSHANK, 10 REDSHANK, CURLEW, 2 LITTLE EGRET.5 FIELDFARE.

South Efford Marsh - Hedgerows 

15 REDWING, 1 JAY, 5 LONG T AILED TIT, 2 COLLARD DOVE, 2 BUZZARD, 1 COAL TIT 

 

TUES 16 JAN 

SUNNY morning after a v cold night - marsh still frozen at 12.00

South Huish Marsh 10.40- 12.30 

80 WIGEON, 40 TEAL, 5 MALLARD, 2F SHOVELER, 1AD 11W MUTE SWAN, 6 DUNLIN, 1LAPWING, 16 OYSTERCATCHER, 65 SNIPE 

( highest day total this year ), 8 MOORHEN, 2 HERON, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 2 CHIFFY, 1 1W BLACK REDSTART , 1 WATER PIPIT

On rocks- 2RINGED PLOVER, 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET 

'BAY - 1 GANNET-SE, 1 RED T DIVER -SE @11.35

Lanes - 1 JAY

My garden - 1 GREEN WOODY 

Report from Aveton Gifford- Sunday evening a BARN OWL ( 98 ) observed, today- FIRECREST , NUTHATCH

MON 15 JAN 

Sunnycold morning, light NNE breeze. Marsh still partially frozen at 09.40 

South Huish Marsh - 09.40-1050 

122 WIGEON, 45 TEAL, 9 MALLARD, 140 CANADA GOOSE, 

1 MUTE SWAN, 4MOORHEN, 2 HERON, 2 LITTLE EGRET, 40 SNIPE, 

3 LAPWING, 11 DUNLIN, 22 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 F STONECHAT, 

2 CHIFFY 

Rocks- 8 OYSTERCATCHER, 4 TURNSTONE 

Bay- 10 CORMORANT, 3 GREAT N DIVER - SE @ 10.52, 1 RED T DIVER - NW @ 10.54 , 6 RAZORMOT - on sea .

Lane to South Milton sewage works-

2 CIRL BUNTING, 20 LINNET ( 95 ), 1 M YELLOWHAMMER ( 96 ) 

1SONG THRUSH . 1 CETTIS WARBLER - ( calling by the works )

South Milton Village - 1JAY ( 97 ), 1 GREEN WOODY .

Afternoon report - On beach a BLACK REDSTART , On Marsh 

1 SHELDUCK 

 

 

SUN 14 JAN 

VISIT off patch this morning to Gara Bridge - probably the only local site for MARSH TIT - at least 3 watched, feeders difficult to see clearly thanks to local residents managed excellent views .

Also- 4 NUTHATCH, 8 COAL TIT, 1 TREE CREEPER, 10 REDWING, 

2M 1F GOOSANDER.

On way home stopped by R Avon just up river from Hatch Bridge 

1 M GOOSANDER ( 94 ) , 1 GOLDCREST

SAT 13 JAN 

Cloudy morning , light NE breeze, 09.50-1050 Seawatch from car park ., very poor !

6 GANNET, 3 F COMMON SCOTER - on sea, 4 RAZORMOT-on sea 2 NW, 2 RAZORBILL - on sea, 6 Cormorant, 1 SHAG.

GULLS - just 6 HERRING , 2 BLACK HEADED .

11.15- 12.45 Aveton Gifford- tidal road-

5 REDSHANK, 4 GREENSHANK, 3 DUNLIN, 3 CURLEW, 2 SONG THRUSH, 25 REDWING, 10 FIELDFARE, 1 KESTREL 

Lanes - 1 MISTLE THRUSH.

 

FRI 12 JAN 

Overcast morning , cold NE F2/3 breeze - numbers of duck continue to increase ,.

09-40- 11.45 South Huish Marsh 

110 TEAL, 140 WIGEON , 6 MALLARD, 5M 3F GADWALL, 1 SHELDUCK (88) 

1M 3F SHOVELER, 4 MOORHEN, 1 HERON, 1 MUTE SWAN, 40 SNIPE, 

8 DUNLIN, 1 LAPWING, 5 OYSTERCATCHER 

1 PEREGRINE (89 ), 1 BUZZARD, 1 KESTREL, 2 RAVEN, 1 M STONECHAT 

1 REED BUNTING (90) reported by the footbridge.

On rocks / offshore 
5 GANNET, 5 CORMORANT, 3 SHAG, 3 RED T DIVER + 4 high SE @ 10.47 , 3 F COMMON SCOTER - on sea, 50 WIGEON -on sea ( May be part of the marsh flock) 4 RAZORMOT - on sea , 7 OYSTERCATCHER, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 

GULLS - 85 HERRING, 20 BLACK HEADED, 3 KITTIWAKE, 3 GREAT B B , 1 LESSER B B 

In lanes - 15+ BLACKBIRD, 25 REDWING,  3 SONG THRUSH

Yesterday - first pod of  10 Dolphin  off Beacon Point.

South Efford Marsh - visit by Stuart Logan 

1 COMMON SANDPIPER (91 ), REDSHANK ( 92 ) , 2 GREENSHANK, 

2 CURLEW (93 ), KINGFISHER, BULLFINCH, FIRECREST in car park 

THURS 11 JAN 

Another cold morning with a NE F2 breeze .

Seawatch from carpark- 09.15- 10.30 

10 GANNET , 1NGREAT N DIVER -NW@10.05, 21 RAZORMOT -SE 

1 CORMORANT-NW, 7 COMMON SCOTER -SE 

On sea- 62 WIGEON ( likely to be from the Marsh ), 2 MALLARD -SE, 

4 COMMON SCOTER, 1 RED THROATED DIVER (86 ) 

Gulls - 90 HERRING, 40 BLACK HEADED, 1 MED, 1 KITTIWAKE, 2 COMMON 

WED 10 JAN 

After yesterday mornings light snow showers today sunny but very cold due to a NE F5 wind .Cold spell starting to produce more birds 

South Huish Marsh - 10.30 

1F STONECHAT (81), 1 CHIFFY, 1 GOLDCREST , 1 MUTE SWAN, 

8 MOORHEN, 2 HERON, 1 LITTLE EGRET, 120 CANADA GOOSE 

Increase in Duck - 110 WIGEON, 80 TEAL, 1M 1F GADWALL (82 ) 

1 M PINTAL (83), 30 MALLARD .

Waders - 7 OYSTERCATCHER, 7 DUNLIN, 1 RINGED PLOVER, 

30 SNIPE, 1 LAPWING.

GULLS - 30 HERRING, 10 BLACK HEADED, 5 GREAT B B 

BAY -

On sea- 6 WIGEON ( flew in from se @ 11.15 ) , 3 F COMMON SCOTER, 3 RAZORMOT, 1 GREAT N DIVER (84 )

Rocks - 3 TURNSTONE, 2 OYSTERCATCHER 

Offshore - 25 GANNET, 1 BLACK THROATED DIVER - SE @11.35 (85)

 

 

MON 8 JAN 

A sunny but cold morning with an E F4 breeze- looking likely the cold spell will last the rest of this week.

1000-12.00 South Huish Marsh - water level dropping.

90 WIGEON ( highest total of the winter ) 55 TEAL, 20 MALLARD, 

1 MUTE SWAN, 22 SNIPE, 2 LAPWING (75 ), 12 OYSTERCATCHER, 

4 RINGED PLOVER (77 ) , 2 LITTLE EGRET ( 76 )1 HERON, 6 MOORHEN, 130 CANADA GOOSE , 1 SONG THRUSH , . A BLACK REDSTART reported .

GULLS - 20 HERRING, 15 BLACK HEADED, 3 LESSER B B (78 )

Offshore - 11 GANNET, 5 DB BRENT GOOSE ( 79 )- flew NW @ 11.15, later @11.35 flew SE , 3 KITTIWAKE -SE, 2 F COMMON SCOTER- on sea, 

On rocks - 3 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG, 1 ROCK PIPIT, 7 TURNSTONE,

My garden @ 12.30 - 1 SPARROWHAWK (80 )

 

 

SUN 7 JAN 

A sunny morning after a frosty start, light NE breeze.

09.40-11.30 - South Milton Ley

1 GREAT SPOTTED WOODY (68 ), 1 SONG THRUSH, 1 MISTLE THRUSH (69 ) , 2 BLACKBIRD, 22 PIED WAGTAIL, 4 ROBIN, 

30 + CHIFFY, 2 GOLDCREST, 20 CHAFFINCH, 2 GREENFINCH,

6 GOLDFINCH, 1 M BLACKCAP, 25 MIPIT, 30 SKYLARK, 

2 STARLING (70 ), 1 BUZZARD, 1 WATER RAIL, 6 SISKIN, (71 )

Upton Cross- 

1 FIELDFARE, 25 REDWING, 5 BLACKBIRD, 30 SKYLARK, 

1 KESTREL ( 72 ), 9 STOCK DOVE (73 )

Thurlestone Marsh/ Garden-
1 HERON, 2 GREAT SP WOODY, 1 GREEN WOODY (74 ) 7 REDWING

 

 

SAT 6 JAN 

News received today - 

Aveton Gifford - Eric- KINGFISHER, 5 CHIIFFY, 1 1W BLACK REDSTART , 9 REDWING, 6 FIELDFARE, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH,

2 F BULLFINCH 

South Milton Ley - RAVEN, WATER RAIL, CETTIS WARBLER, 

BLACKCAP, 25 CHIFFY, GOLDCREST, FIRECREST

Thurlestone Marsh /my garden -

7 MALLARD, 1 HERON, 4 GREENFINCH, 7 REDWING, 2 CHAFFINCH , 

Last night - 2 TAWNY OWL 

FRI 5 JAN 

The first morning with almost sunny period and just a light NW breeze .

Seawatch from the car park - 09.35- 10.50

Surprise of the morning was a BLACK GUILLEMOT which flew NW at 10.35 - gave good scope views as it flew across the Bay. Only my second patch record in more than 25 years .

3 F COMMON SCOTER - on sea, 6 GANNET -NW , 18 RAZORMOT, 

5 CORMORANT, 1 SHAG 

GULLS - 70 HERRING, 35 BLACK HEADED

On the rocks - 2 OYSTERCATCHER 

On Thurlestone Marsh-

9 MALLARD, 2 HERON, 3 SKYLARK, 5 HOUSE SPARROW 

Thurs 4 JAN 

With almost constant rain an attempt to drive out of the village at 11.30 failed due to roads being flooded .

Sightings limited to my garden , best were-

4 LONG TAILED TIT, 8 BLUE TIT , 3 GREAT TIT , 1 REDWING, , 

3 GREENFINCH, 2 BLACKBIRD , on the scrape - 7 MALLARD.

Hopefully the better weather will enable trips to be made to the marsh and coast 

TUES 2 JAN

After a stormy night with heavy rain, the wind increased to SW f10

sea state very rough . With a break in the rain at 10.15 made a short visit to South Huish Marsh - 

1 1w MUTE SWAN, 32 CANADA GOOSE, 15 TEAL, 20 MALLARD, 5 WIGEON, 3 MOORHEN , 26 OYSTERCATCHER, 2 DUNLIN, 6 SNIPE, 

10 MIPIT, 1 WATER PIPIT, 3 PIED WAGTAIL 

GULLS we're good to watch -

75 HERRING, 25 GREAT B B , 55 BLACK HEADED, 1 1W COMMON, 2 AD MED,  4 KITTIWAKE ( 1 1W ) 

Surprise of the morning  was an ad GANNET which flew around the Marsh before returning back over the sea . I am sure this is my first record in 25 years of one over the Marsh 

MON 1 JAN 

After a very late night spent most of today recovering .

22species recorded in my garden - REDWING, SONG THRUSH, 

GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH , BUZZARD were the highlights .

Best record for the year was in Eric's garden at Aveton Gifford - 

the 1W BLACK REDSTART still around