Guided Bird Watching – Wednesday 16th February

Plenty to see in the lower reaches of the Estuary today with Gulls in good numbers, Black headed, Common, and Herring Gulls seen throughout with a few Greater Black Backed Gulls seen as well. The highlight in the Starcross area was a pair of Goldeneye showing well for the visitors. Further up the Estuary Greenshank showed well off the River Kenn. Again Red Breasted Mergansers were showing well throughout the cruise with 25+ seen. Black-tailed Godwits and Bar-tailed Godwits were in large flocks with Dunlin and a few Knot all together towards Topsham. with a few Grey Plover seen around Turf Lock. The long staying Spotted Redshank was seen again at Topsham near the Quay. The high winds proved to be the catalyst for amazing aerial displays towards Turf Lock and the Canal by Avocets, Dunlin, and Godwits even the Golden Plover joined the action at a distance, with the sun out the displays were extra-special and enjoyed by everyone, it was a talking point while cruising back to Exmouth.  

Derek Carter

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  1. Lorraine Stocking on 18 February 2022 at 8:59 am

    Thank you for a very enjoyable trip. out into the estuary despite the blustery conditions, we saw good numbers of Birds of various species & with good close up views of many of them too.
    Our experience was greatly enhanced by the informative & knowledgeable commentary by the tour guide. (Mr. Derek) I believe.
    A bonus was the tasty warming soup from the galley. (Sadly no fresh bread to accompany it though).
    Many thanks, can & will recommend.

    • Stuart Line Cruises on 18 February 2022 at 10:38 am

      Good Morning Lorraine,
      Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your trip with us on Wednesday 16th February 2022. Despite the conditions it seemed you got to see a variety of birds and the photos from the trip display this. Both our speakers are a true asset to these cruises with their valuable knowledge of the area and the birds. We will definitely take your feedback on board regarding the bread roll it is something we haven’t done before but we never say never here!!. We hope you join us again in the future.
      Kind Regards

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