Birdwatching Cruise Monday 27th February Once again waders at Topsham provided a real treat being in large numbers and very close to the boat. The Avocets were closely grouped interspersed with hundreds of Black-tailed and some Bar-tailed Godwits. A Sparrowhawk flying low over the mud briefly spooked the Dunlin but it was quickly seen off

Guided Bird Watching Review – Sunday 26th February There were plenty of kite-surfers off Pole Sands this afternoon, taking advantage of the fresh westerly wind. The rain held off as we headed up to Topsham. A large flock of Brent Geese flew up from Starcross and landed on the mud. Ten Sanderlings had returned to

Friday 24th February and Saturday 25th February Both trips featured spectacular flocks of wading birds at Topsham flying above and around the boat then returning to the mud giving amazing views to all on the boat. On Friday a Peregrine was spotted but on Saturday there seemed to be no apparent reason for the display

Guided Bird Watching Review – Sunday 12th February The cold easterly wind persisted for this afternoon’s cruise. There were many gulls off Dawlish Warren again as well as inside the estuary. Photographs confirmed that the blob on Exmouth church tower was indeed a Peregrine! The 2 Slavonian Grebes were off Cockwood, as usual, with 3

Saturday 11th February, 2017 There was a raw easterly wind blowing this afternoon, but at least the morning’s snow flurries had ceased. The afternoon’s birdwatching began with a splendid male Black Redstart that appeared on scaffolding as passengers were waiting to board the boat. Apparently there was also a Peregrine nearby, having caught a pigeon

Friday 10th February 2017 Another chilly day with an easterly breeze. Again, many gulls were around Pole Sands, together with fair numbers of Oystercatchers and Curlews. The 2 Slavonian Grebes were off Cockwood, as usual, plus four Goldeneye (one drake) there as well. Two Greenshanks were seen off Powderham, and a few Great Crested Grebes.

Thursday 9th February 2017 Sunshine took the edge off a keen easterly wind today, and made the Shags and Red-breasted Mergansers shine like green bottles! Large numbers of gulls were loafing around on Pole Sands and also on several of the sandbanks and mudflats. As usual, they were mainly Herring and Black-headed, but with a

Sunday 29th January, 2017   We had to contend with rain for the trip upriver, though it was dry for the return and some blue sky even appeared! Shags were well in evidence in outer part of the estuary, as usual, as were the first of several dozen Great Black-backed Gulls. The two Slavonian Grebes

Birdwatching Trips:    Weds. 25th to Sat 28th January Four consecutive trips this last week for our own Winter Watch on the Exe. Every day there were thousands of birds to be seen and I’m sure due to the cold weather in Europe numbers were up. Between Powderham and Topsham there were spectacular numbers of waders

29th December 2016 Thankfully, the fog lying in the estuary cleared and we had a pleasant cruise in the afternoon. Two Slavonian Grebes were again off Cockwood, though we had better views of them off Starcross on the return journey. A total of 13 Great Crested Grebes and about 20 Shags were also in the

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