Exe Estuary

The last Stuart Line birdwatching cruise of the season. The ‘resident’ Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood, as usual. The 3 immature drake Eiders were off Starcross and c30 Red-breasted Mergansers and c20 Great Crested Grebes were scattered up the estuary. 3 Greenshanks were off Powderham and c150-200 Pintail were again around the mouth of the Clyst. About 500 roosting Golden Plover, some in breeding plumage, were on the mud off Turf, with 27 Knot nearby. Quite a few of the Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwits were already in breeding plumage, one group containing the male Ruff that has wintered at Bowling Green Marsh. Only c30 Avocets were left of the wintering flock. A Grey Seal was hauled out on a pontoon near Dawlish Warren.

Eider immature male Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits Grey Seal

Eider (imm drake)                            Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits                       Grey Seal

Posted March 6th, 2019 at 6:11 pm by Dave Smallshire in Bird News