Exe Estuary

A short boat trip from Topsham to near Lympstone and back this morning between 10.30 and 12.30. A second winter Med gull was with a few black-headed gulls near Topsham. Further down the estuary near Turf was a bright white gull that turned out to be an albino black-headed gull. The plumage was entirely white/pale cream with a pale brown hood. The bill resembled that of the black-headed gull in shape and colour and the legs were bright red. An interesting bird that caused a flew minutes of excitement.

Additional excitement included a peregrine launching an attack on dunlin within a flock of Brent geese, the largest flock (200+) of bar-tailed godwits I have seen in the upper estuary and a few avocets.

 

 

Posted February 27th, 2014 at 2:20 pm by John Waldon in Bird News