Good light for today’s birdwatching cruise, though a cool northerly breeze stopped it feeling very spring-like.   I glimpsed the wintering adult Bonaparte’s Gull briefly off Exmouth as we left the marina, but failed to find it again later. Amongst the Brent Geese near Exmouth there were at least four birds of the Pale-bellied race.

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Hi Everyone! Firstly, sorry that we haven’t done any blog posts for a while – hopefully they will be more regular now that we have got a new social media officer (ME!!!!) and will give weekly updates about the exciting happenings here at Stuart Line! Moving swiftly on – 2016 kicked off with a bang when

A lovely sunny day for my last trip of the year. The sunshine was appreciated by all but it does make it difficult when looking at the waders at Powderham where at least two Spotted Redshanks and four Greenshank were seen with the first Avocets. Towards Topsham wader flocks in the sunshine were impressive even

Three excellent trips this weekend with high numbers of wading birds seen every day including spectacular views in the air and on the mud.   Knot even showed well amongst the Bar-tailed Godwits and Grey Plovers and Ringed Plovers in double figures were at Turf, a species not usually seen this far up river.    

Avocet Cruise – By Daphne Pleace

I hardly know where to start to describe what a wonderful day it was, so I’ll go with this: Avocet Cruise is a misnomer. Not because there weren’t avocets – there were hundreds and hundreds of that most glamorous bird: vast flocks doing all the F’s – flying, feeding, fighting. It’s a bit early yet

Guided Bird Watching Review – Tuesday 9th February 2016   Another much improved day, with lovely afternoon light for the cruise. The highlights were a Great Northern Diver at Exmouth, 2 Slavonian Grebes off Cockwood and an adult Mediterranean Gull with hundreds of other gulls gathering to bathe and preen on the river between Topsham

Guided Bird Watching Review – Sunday 7th February 2016 What a difference a day makes! We travelled up to Topsham in bright conditions with occasional sunshine, though a strengthening wind on the return brought some showers. We saw our old friends like the Harbour (Common) Seal on Bull Hill sandbank and the Slavonian Grebe off

A combination of high water, strong wind and rain meant there were very few birds seen on this trip. Small waders were nowhere to be seen with the most common species being Avocet and Bar-tailed Godwits, there were good close views of these birds. Just a few Brent Geese on the water, the rest were

Guided Bird Watching Review – Friday 22nd January 2016 The old adage “rain at 7, fine by 11” held true today and we left Exmouth in sunshine, which made for very pleasant conditions!   There were 2 Great Northern Divers in the channel off Exmouth, with 2 others more distant. Shags were plentiful, maybe over

Three consecutive trips with variable weather conditions but excellent birding every day. Saturday, despite wind and rain proved the day of surprises. A Sandwich Tern, which would normally have migrated south months ago was seen fishing at Cockwood and also a Guillemot drifting  down river near Turf. Recent flooding has caused a change in feeding

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