Exe Estuary cruise

Today's Stuart Line cruise did well for gulls: adult Mediterranean Gull off Shelly Beach (Exmouth) and a juv Kittiwake settled on the river off Powderham were the highlights, with 10+ Lesser Black-backs suggesting that passage is underway. No sign of the B-n Grebes, but 15+ Great Crested scattered around. Best of the rest: <10 Shags, a few dozen Pintail between Lympstone and Exton, 22 Mergansers (mostly Turf-Topsham) and the usual Spotted Redshank at Topsham. Fewer waders generally than earlier in the month, with small numbers of Golden and Grey Plover, Sanderlings, Bar-tailed Godwits and Greenshank, but still 1000+ Black-tailed Godwits and hundreds of Avocets and Dunlin scattered over mudflats.

Posted February 28th at 4:41 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News