Exe Estuary cruise

The first Stuart Lines birdwatching cruise proved to be an excellent one, with large numbers of wildfowl and waders providing a great spectacle. In addition to the Peregrine and Great Northern Diver already reported, we saw the usual Slavonian Grebe distantly off Cockwood and maybe 10 Great Crested scattered off Lympstone. There were large numbers of Brent Geese and Wigeon in the Wildfowl Refuge at Shutterton Creek and especially off Lympstone, the latter with well over 100 Pintail. Wader numbers were pretty spectacular as well, with hundreds each of Avocets, Lapwings (surprisingly good numbers so early in the winter), Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin and maybe 500 Golden Plover roosting between Turf and Topsham. Of the scarcer species, there were about 70 Knot, a few dozen scattered Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Greenshanks, 2 each of Sanderling and Ringed Plover and a Kingfisher at Turf. Mergansers were just into double figures and perhaps 25 Shags were in the lower part of the estuary.

Posted November 22nd, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News