Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise of the season went off well in excellent weather. A juvenile Great Northern Diver was off Cockwood, as was the 'resident' Slavonian Grebe. Red-breasted Mergansers were scarce, but at least 13 Great Crested Grebes was a good total and Shags were plentiful in the outer estuary.

Over 100 Pintail were with hordes of Wigeon at the Clyst mouth. Two Harbour (Common) Seals were hauled out towards Turf, one of them a brownish youngster. Between Turf and Topsham there were good numbers of Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits and Lapwings, joined by 450 Golden Plovers on the mud. 35 Knot got up from the riverbank at Topsham, where there were 2 Kingfishers. As we returned to Exmouth, the Bonaparte’s Gull was feeding off Bull Hill sandbank.

Posted November 16th, 2017 at 6:31 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News