Stuartline Birdwatching Cruise 16th March

This morning’s cruise started with rain however all the visitors were well togged up and raring to go. With 100+ mixed flock of Gulls at the entrance to the marina following fish waste disposal kicked off the cruise on a bouyant note.

DB Brent Geese we’re the main stay with several Turnstones and Oystercatcher on view in the lower reaches of the Estuary. Again Little Egret Shag Cormorant and Curlew were seen around Starcross. Great Crested Grebe showed well from Lympstone to Exton with a few Grey Heron showing towards the Sailing Club with several birds around the Heronry. The Clyst confluence produced 30+ Avocets at a distance then the flock decided to fly closer to the Tudor Rose for better views!

Migration has certainly kicked in with the bulk of the flock now departed. Godwits were absent at close quarters but a few were seen at a distance Redshank were numerous towards Topsham with a brief view of the Spotted Red. A lovely mixed flock of Grey Plover and Dunlin was seen feeding then decided to put on a display near to the boat. Red Breasted Mergansers were seen close to the boat towards Topsham with flyby’s of good numbers of DB Brent Geese. With the weather improving on our return home we stopped for a good 5 minutes at Turf lock to watch a Kingfisher fishing off the end of the wall, this was a real treat for many seeing a Kingfisher so close this sighting capped off another great cruise for the visitors.

Posted March 16th at 8:29 pm by Derek Carter in Bird News