Exe Estuary cruise

A beautiful sunny afternoon, taking the edge off a chilly northerly breeze. A Great Northern Diver was again off Exmouth sea front, as was the ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe and a Little Grebe off Cockwood. An immature drake Eider was out on Bull Hill and 2 others were out on another sandbank off Starcross. 5 Goldeneye (2 drakes) were in a channel towards Lympstone. At least 16 Great Crested Grebes and maybe 30 Red-breasted Mergansers were scattered up the estuary, and about 230 Pintail were again around the mouth of the Clyst. Large flocks of Black-tailed Godwits were just visible in the fields near Turf. Only small numbers of them were on the mud today at Topsham, where at least 450 Avocets were mostly busy feeding. A flock of Bar-tailed Godwits resting on the mud there contained a couple of dozen Knot.

Eider imm drake Sanderlings Red-breasted Merganser

Eider (immature drake)                     Sanderlings                                 Red-breasted Merganser

Posted February 2nd, 2019 at 7:02 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News