Exe Estuary cruise

There was a raw easterly wind blowing this afternoon, but at least the morning's snow flurries had ceased. A male Black Redstart appeared on scaffolding at Exmouth as passengers were waiting to board the boat.

There were hundreds of gulls, mainly Herring Gulls, feeding and roosting off Dawlish Warren, taking advantage of the lowest tide for several years. A Harbour (Common) Seal popped up briefly near Exmouth. The two Slavonian Grebes and a pair of Goldeneye were off Cockwood, and a few Great Crested Grebes further up the estuary. A Greenshank was in the Kenn outflow as usual.

A flock of Pintail (dozens) was on the Clyst banks. Hundreds of Avocets, Dunlins and both godwits were scattered over the mudbanks at the northern end of the estuary, and a flock of Golden Plover flew over. Lots of Common Gulls were amongst Black-headed Gulls as we approached Topsham, where again the female Long-tailed Duck was with Red-breasted Mergansers. A further pair of Goldeneye were also at Topsham.

Posted February 11th, 2017 at 10:05 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News