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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

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