Exe Cruise on 2 December

Late news from Saturday's Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise, which saw very large numbers of birds, right from the hordes of gulls and Brent Geese around Pole Sands up to the large flocks of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits at Topsham. Wigeon, Brents and Oystercatchers all seemed to be in larger numbers than usual.

The immature Great Northern Diver and the 'resident' Slavonian Grebe were both off Cockwood, while at least 21 Great Crested Grebes (a personal record for the estuary) were scattered between Lympstone and the Clyst. Around 100 Pintail were in the same area, while c50 Golden Plover flew in to roost on the mud to join the hundreds of Lapwings already present. A dozen or more Greenshanks were in the central areas, while 30 or more Knot were among large numbers of Dunlin towards Topsham. A Black Swan was with Mutes near Powderham, and before and after the cruise started a Kingfisher and Guillemot, respectively, were seen from the boat at Exmouth.

We had three brief sightings of seal heads, perhaps relating to two Common (Harbour) Seals, while a Grey Seal hauled out on a floating platform off Dawlish Warren had as good a look at us as we did of it!

Posted December 4th, 2017 at 12:37 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News