NORTH DEVON: Skern, Bideford, had 23 Mediterranean Gulls and a Sanderling (1st), a Pomarine Skua, two Common Terns and a Yellow Wagtail (3rd), three Knot and a Sandwich Tern (5th), two Grey Plovers, six Knot and a German-ringed Curlew (15th), a Common Rosefinch, a Wryneck, a Redstart, five Tree Pipits, six Spotted Flycatchers and a Yellow Wagtail (16th), a Great White Egret, two Sandwich Terns and seven Knot (22nd), and a Merlin, a Peregrine and 120 Meadow Pipits (23rd). Isley Marsh RSPB had a Marsh Harrier (2nd). Fremington Quay had a Glossy Ibis (1st-16th at least), four Whinchats and a Med Gull (15th), and a Lesser Yellowlegs (15th-16th). The Lesser Yellowlegs and Glossy Ibis were still on the Taw Estuary (19th-25th at least), plus a Spoonbill, and the Dalmatian Pelican relocated from Caornwall. Horsey Island in the Taw Estuary had a Spotted Redshank, four Ruff, 30 Knot and 180 Black-tailed Godwits (27th). Lundy had a Lapland Bunting, a few Pied Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatchers and Whinchats (1st), a Great Grey Shrike and a Little Stint, and a Bonxie and Pomarine Skua offshore (6th), an Ortolan Bunting, Tree Pipit, 65 House Martins and 45 Swallows (8th), a Grasshopper Warbler (10th), Ortolan Bunting, two Wrynecks, an Osprey and a male Hen Harrier (14th), a Spotted Flycatcher and two Wrynecks (15th), a Red-throated Pipit, a Richard’s Pipit and a Treecreeper (21st), a Dotterel and a White Wagtail (22nd), two Grey Herons, two Water Rails, a Whinchat, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, 200 Meadow Pipits and 280 Linnets (23rd), c.50 Swallows, a Snipe, a Redstart, a Tree Pipit, and a Spotted Flycatcher (25th), 1,000-plus Swallows in less than an hour (27th), and a major fall of Goldcrests (28th). Two Ospreys were at Braunton (7th), where there was a female Marsh Harrier and a Water Rail (13th), and a Little Ringed Plover (17th). Hartland Point had 12 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, two Arctic Skuas, a Bonxie, and 23 Common Scoters (10th), 21 Great Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas, a Pomarine Skua, nine Balearic Shearwaters and 26 Kittiwakes (16th), four Arctic Skuas, four Great Skuas and four Common Scoters (28th), and a Lapland Bunting (30th). Westward Ho! had 38 Med Gulls (17th) building up to at least 78 (18th) and 92 (20th). A Redstart and a probable Greenland race Wheatear were at Holdstone Moor, Exmoor (19th), when Combe Martin had a Wryneck. Arlington Court had a Great White Egret (25th). Bursdon Moor had a male Merlin and two Whinchats (30th).
SOUTH DEVON: Bowling Green Marsh RSPB had a Wood Sandpiper, two Spotted Redshanks and an Osprey (2nd), two Curlew Sandpipers, two Pintail, six Whimbrel and at least six Ospreys (6th), six Curlew Sandpipers, three Spotted Redshanks, 12 Greenshanks, a Ruff, two Avocets, 28 Little Egrets, six Pintails and a Garganey (7th), eight-plus Ospreys, eight Pintail, 600-plus Black-tailed Godwits and three Med Gulls (9th), a Curlew Sandpiper, 700-plus Black-tailed Godwits, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 16 Pintail, 40 Wigeon and three Ospreys (11th), a Bearded Tit, four Curlew Sandpipers, six Knot, a Water Rail and 10 Pintail (13th), 10 Curlew Sandpipers, four Ruff, eight Avocets, 20-plus Pintails, 300-plus Teal (14th), a Little Stint, 10 Grey Plovers, a Garganey and two Whimbrel (15th), a juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs, 37 Pintail and 60 Wigeon (16th), a Little Stint, three Curlew Sandpipers, 15 Grey Plovers, a Ruff, two Whimbrel, 13 Pintail, and an Osprey over (21st), 660 Teal, 173 Pintail,215 Wigeon, 25 Shoveler, a Common Sandpiper, three Grey Plovers, four Whimbrel, 160 Curlew, 620-plus Black-tailed Godwits, 200-plus Redshanks, a Med Gull and five Buzzards (24th), and 44 Knot, two Ruff, 235 Pintail and 800-plus Wigeon (29th). Berry Head had a Yellow Wagtail, two Willow Warblers and a Wheatear (2nd), 15 Balearic Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, two Great Skuas, a Little Gull, and two Wheatears (3rd), 11 Arctic Skuas, two Great Skuas, 10 Balearic Shearwaters and four Sandwich Terns (5th), juvenile Sabine’s Gull, eight Balearic Shearwaters, nine Arctic Skuas and a Great Skua (9th), 32 Balearic Shearwaters, two Great Skuas, a Little Gull, a Yellow Wagtail and eight Arctic Skuas (12th), and six Balearic Shearwaters, two Arctic Skuas, a Red-throated Diver and c. 200 Kittiwakes (25th). Exmouth had two Balearic Shearwaters, two Yellow Wagtails, a Curlew Sandpiper, an Osprey and six Pintail (3rd), 200-plus Ringed Plovers, 10 Sanderlings, two Little Stints and two Water Rails (4th), and 20-plus Yellow Wagtails, 15 Wheatears and 30 Swallows (15th). At Lyme Bay (4th), there were three Storm Petrels, a Great Skua, and 14 Common Scoters, 600-plus Kittiwakes, an Arctic Skua, two Great Skuas, four Balearic Shearwaters and four Purple Sandpipers (11th), Two Ospreys were at Stoke Gabriel (8th), when a Black Stork was at Roadford Reservoir. The Exe Estuary had seven Ospreys (three adult) (8th), and one was at Lower Tamar Lake (9th), where there was a Great White Egret (16th). At East Soar (1st), there were 100-plus Swallows, 23 House Martins, two Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, six Whitethroats, 14 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps and 350-plus Linnets, and a Dotterel was nearby (4th). Soar had a Hobby, three Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail and six Whitethroats (10th), a Tree Pipit, a Yellow Wagtail, eight Wheatears, 12 Blackcaps, six Whitethroats, 21 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, four Spotted Flycatchers, 320 Swallows, c.50 House Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat, and 18 Cirl Buntings (11th), 14 Wheatears (13th), 92 Swallows, two Sand Martins,130 House Martins, 34 Yellow Wagtails, two Whinchats, 90 Wheatears, two Whitethroats and 400-plus Linnets (14th), 10 Whinchats, two Spotted Flycatchers, five Whitethroats, eight Blackcaps, a Tree Pipit, and seven Wheatears (17th), eight Yellow Wagtails, a Wryneck and two Kestrels (18th), a Merlin, 48 Sky Larks, 45 Swallows, 21 White Wagtails, 21 Wheatear, seven Whinchats, 10 Yellowhammers and 13 Cirl Buntings (19th), 58 Swallows, 100-plus Meadow Pipits, two Wheatears, a Whinchat, 500-plus Linnets and 17 Cirl Buntings (21st), and a juvenile Dotterel, 320 Meadow Pipits, five Wheatears and 24 Stonechats (30th). Warren House, Dartmoor had five Whinchats, three Redstarts, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Green Woodpecker and 200-plus Sand Martins (10th). Start Point had a Sooty Shearwater, 12 Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic Tern, two Common Terns, five Sandwich Terns, a Pied Flycatcher, a Wheatear and a Whitethroat (10th), a Yellow Wagtail, three Grey Wagtails, a Wheatear, nine Chiffchaffs, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3,000-plus Swallows and House Martins, and a Peregrine (19th), and a female Marsh Harrier, Sanderling, 53 Knot, three Curlew Sandpipers, an Osprey, 70-plus Grey Plovers, two Yellow Wagtails, a Cetti’s Warbler, 12 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, four Ruff, 171 Pintail, and 720 Wigeon (29th), a Firecrest and 22 Chiffchaffs (28th), two Balearic Shearwaters, two Wheatears, Hobby, 150-plus Swallows, 20 House Martins, and four Chiffchaffs (29th), and 890 Meadow Pipits, 120 Swallows, four House Martins, 570 Goldfinches, 530 Linnets, 14 Siskins and 13 Chiffchaffs (30th). Warleigh Point had three Ospreys (11th), when one was at Bere Ferrers. A Hobby was at South Brent (13th). Newton Abbot had 10 Whinchats and four Wheatears (14th), when
a Great White Egret was at Seaton. A Lesser Grey Shrike was at Plymouth (19th-29th at least), where other sightings were two Ravens, a Mediterranean Gull, two Sandwich Terns and a Firecrest (23rd). Beer Head had a Red-backed Shrike, 9000 Swallows, 200-plus House Martins, three Wheatears, a Whinchat and a Yellow Wagtail (15th). Fernworthy Reservoir had 1,000-plus House Martins (15th), when an Osprey was at Lopwell Dam. There were 25 Ravens at Black Tor, Dartmoor (16th), when Wembury had three Whinchats. A Nightjar was at Strete Gate (18th). Kingsbridge Estuary had a Black Tern (17th), an Osprey, a Marsh Harrier, a Black Tern, 43 Med Gulls, a Water Rail and a Whinchat (19th), and three Ospreys (30th). Topsham had five Ruff, four Little Egrets, six Sparrowhawks moving south, 40 Sky Larks, five Ospreys, two Sandwich Terns, 40-plus Buzzards moving south, 200-plus Meadow Pipits, 12 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, six Blackcaps, 40 Pintails, 13 Greenshanks, two Whimbrel and two Reed Buntings (18th). Dartmouth had a Yellow-browed Warbler (22nd). A Wryneck was at South Brent (27th), and one was at Hartford Moor (30th). Torquay had 16 Balearic Shearwaters, two Sooty Shearwaters, two Knot, 20 Kittiwakes, a Little Gull, two Common Terns and a Bonxie (24th). A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Hallsands (25th), and Chudleigh Knighton had a Hoopoe (27th).
THURLESTONE BAY: Highlights included an unusually early record of four pale-bellied Brent Geese off Warren Point (6th). On South Huish Marsh Teal built up to 40 (20th) and on South Efford Marsh to 150-plus (28th). First returning Wigeon was a female on the sea (15th), with eight on South Efford Marsh (18th). Three juvenile Pintail flew onto South Huish Marsh (29th), and Common Scoter peaked at three (19th). There were two Manx Shearwaters (8th), a Great Shearwater (only the second patch record, 29th), six Fulmars (4th), 240 Gannets (29th), and a Great Skua flying east (29th). A Hobby was over South Efford Marsh (18th), and Osprey flew down the Avon (5th & 7th), and there were reports of Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Tawny Owl. Wader maxima included 50 Oystercatchers (6th & 21st), a Little Ringed Plover on South Huish Marsh (1st), 32 Ringed Plovers in Thurlestone Bay (14th) and 35-plus at South Efford Marsh (5th), 35 Golden Plovers flying east (28th), two Grey Plovers on the Avon Estuary mid-month, four Knot on South Efford Marsh (4th), 21 Sanderlings on the beach (15th), single Little Stints (4th, 5th, 21st & 23rd), three Curlew Sandpipers at South Efford Marsh (5th & 7th), and one on South Huish Marsh (14th), 40 Dunlin on South Efford Marsh (5th) and 11 at South Huish Marsh (7th & 28th), nine Ruff at South Efford Marsh (4th) with more later, 11 Snipe at South Efford Marsh (6th), a Black-tailed Godwit on South Huish Marsh (1st-19th) and four at South Efford Marsh (24th), three Bar-tailed Godwits at South Efford Marsh (20th) with two Whimbrel there )1st) and 32 Curlew (20th). A Pectoral Sandpiper was intermittently on South Efford Marsh (14th-24th). A Common Sandpiper was on South Efford Marsh, building to five (6th) and eight (11th-25th). Two Green Sandpipers were on South Efford Marsh (11th), four (16th) and two to month’s end. Greenshanks were on South Efford Marsh throughout with a max of six. Two Redshanks were at South Efford Marsh (20th). A Turnstone was on the rocks (4th). Mediterranean Gulls peaked at three (4th), and there was a Sandwich Tern (12th). A Water Rail was at South Milton Ley (17th), where there was a Kingfisher (11th); two were on South Efford Marsh throughout. A Nuthatch was around Aveton Gifford. Largest hirundine passage was mid-month, with 1,605 Swallows (13th), 1,990 House Martins (13th), and 30 Sand Martins (14th). Warblers seen were Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Stonechats were present throughout with 12 (5th), two Whinchats (14th), a Redstart at Aveton Gifford (14th), three Spotted Flycatchers at Aveton Gifford (14th) and two in a South Milton garden (25th), Wheatears throughout with 20 (14th) and 14 (15th), a Wryneck at South Efford Marsh (5th-7th), then two (8th), and a juvenile Woodchat Shrike at South Efford Marsh (24th). There were eight Grey Wagtails (13th), 18 Yellow Wagtails on South Huish Marsh (1st) and 15 on South Efford Marsh (6th), 70 Meadow Pipits moving through (15th), three Siskin flying north (23rd), 14 Sky Larks on passage (14th), and Cirl Buntings in a village garden (two juveniles, 10th, one, 12th). Harvey Kendall, Mike Passman, thurlestonebaybirds.co.uk