Exe Estuary 3rd March

Yesterday afternoon saw the last Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the season. There was still the unusual sight of Lapwings and Golden Plovers feeding on the sandy shore of Warren Point (and on Exmouth rugby field), otherwise the tides and rain had rendered the intertidal areas free of snow. There was no sign of the Great Northern Diver, but the Slavonian Grebe was again midway between Cockwood and Exmouth and a dozen or more Great Crested Grebes were scattered up the estuary. Best bird was a female Scaup with Mergansers near Turf. Six Goldeneye were near Topsham and again a large flock of Pintail (150-ish) around the mouth of the Clyst. 275 Avocets were well scattered between Powderham and Topsham.

Back home in Chudleigh, Fieldfares peaked at 75 in the garden (previous best total in 2010 was two!). Compared with the deluge of garden birds in the December 2010 hard weather, we had only one Song Thrush this time (cf. 8 in 2010), 6 Starlings (cf. 30), 7 Goldfinches (cf. 12) and no Greenfinches.

Posted March 4th, 2018 at 10:34 am by Dave Smallshire in General Birding