Exe Estuary Cruise

Excellent Stuart Line Cruise lead by my Dad on the Exe Estuary today, 1-4pm. On the lower Estuary off Cockwood/Starcross the resident Slavonian Grebe, two Great Northern Divers and a surprise Red-throated Diver. An immature Long-tailed Duck was also present but remained extremely distant off towards Mudbanks.  

Further up the Estuary were incredible numbers of Wigeon and 100+ Pintail, mostly around the Clyst, along with 300+ Avocet and the usual selection of wading birds. A group of 30 Sanderling were particularly nice to watch, as were c230 Golden Plover and 80 Lapwing. Sightings of four different Kingfishers pleased everyone on the boat, unlike the drone that was being flown over the river, being controlled by a small group of people at Topsham.

Three Common Seal were hauled out on the mud together near Turf Lock, one youngster. 

Red-throated Diver Slavonian Grebe Common Seals
Red-throated Diver                         Slavonian Grebe                           Common Seals

Posted November 18th, 2017 at 8:22 pm by Steve Waite in General Birding