16th November 2017 The first cruise of the winter season got off to a great start with a Kingfisher sitting on one of the boats off Dawlish Warren … unfortunately before anyone had boarded the Pride of Exmouth! The weather glorious for the first half of the cruise, a little cloudier later. Offshore there were large

Tuesday 14th March, 2017 The final birdwatching cruise of the winter found a hint of spring in the air, with a Skylark singing its heart out over the dunes at Dawlish Warren. After a few days of summer visitors arriving, clearly some of the winter visitors had also begun departing, including many of the Avocets

Saturday March 11th My final trip of the winter was notable for the number of Turnstone, at least 200. At Starcross the Pontoon was covered in this species with others in flight and on our return a buoy hosted twenty plus with one Dunlin. Probably a passage of these birds joining the regulars. Two Slavonians

Friday March 10th Thick mist to start the trip although some birds were still seen and the calls of Curlew and Oystercatcher coming out of the gloom was atmospheric. As we progressed up river the visibility improved. Near Powderham a big surprise when two Slavonian Grebes were between us and the shore. Excellent close views

Sunday 28th February, 2017 A fine though windy afternoon’s cruise, during which notable sightings included the 2 Slavonian Grebes as usual off Cockwood, later with 6 Goldeneye. There were also 7 Great Crested Grebes, including a group of 5 together. Two Greenshanks were off Powderham, one of them by a sandbank in mid-estuary where Sanderlings

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

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