Exe estuary (yesterday 09-10-2015)

A look around the Exe estuary with Tony.

Powderham mid-day showed a Kingfisher around the pond near the lay-by area in front the castle and moving across to the railway steps a bit further along the road showed another Kingfisher hovering near the water outlet tunnel.

Starcross railway station was seen 2-Little Grebes and a distant Slovenian Grebe towards the Warren end and c700-Brent Geese over towards the Mudbank area.

Cockwood railway steps the Slovenian Grebe was still showing but distant again having moved further up towards the harbour, also 2-Kingfishers flying low over the water close-in heading towards the Warren.

From the Warren hide at mid-afternoon 1-Grey Plover, c30-Turnstone, c30-Dunlinn, 14-Ringed Plover on the great bull hill sandbar, 1-Ringed Plover and 5-Sandwich Terns in the bight area, c1500-Oyster Catchers, c110-Brent Geese, c1200-Wigeon and c300-Curlew. The common seal was lazing on the great bull sandbar. Around the Dunes large mobile group of Linnets a few Stonechats and a Blackcap.

Cockwood railway steps again over the hide-tide hoping to get better views of the Slovenian Grebe but was again still very distant nearer Starcross. But the highlight was a Red Throated Diver that suddenly appeared very close-by near the rocks in front of us and by the time i rushed back across the railway to get my camera from the car i just managed to get a distant shot as it moved further down the river heading towards the Warren and lost from view. Appologies for the poor photo with only 4x zoom.

Red-throated Diver  (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)
Red-throated Diver (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)

Slavonian Grebe  (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)
Slavonian Grebe (Cockwood railway steps 08-10-2015)

Posted October 9th, 2015 at 11:13 am by David Boult in Bird News