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Saturday 12th May

Stockport Birdwatching Society trip to Whisby Nature Park 10.30-16.00

This was a first visit to Whisby for most of those present, with the trip planned in the hope of seeing the Nightingales. There was a good amount of anticipation mixed with tension as we arrived because this is a notoriously tricky bird to see at times, but it was reassuring that the staff knew where to direct people and birds had been seen regularly in preceding days.

Having headed to the classic area by Coot Lake we soon heard a singing bird and then a second, and this one got spotted and sat singing at full volume in open view for about 15 minutes. All done and dusted within an hour of arriving! What a bird! The contentment created by this sighting allowed everyone to disperse around the reserve and enjoy lots of other birds. You suspect a less fortunate visitor would spend hours stood in front of some dense scrub and hence miss out a bit. The volume of the singing was exactly right for the SBS membership, being a few decibels less than a 747 taking off.

Other notable sightings for me were:
Garden Warbler - 6 different singers I can place, but they were singing everywhere, never been anywhere so heavily populated
Lesser Whitethroat - momentarily in a tree with a Blackcap, Whitethroat and Garden Warbler, a nice set
Hobby - at least 2 cruising around feeding on insects
Little Gull - very smart bird, almost immaculate adult sp except for some black on wingtips

There was a good set of typical gravel pit wetland species like Reed and Sedge Warbler, Med Gull, Common Tern, Common Sandpiper

Other members reported Cuckoo and Arctic Tern

A very good trip for the Society


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Thursday March 22. From 12.30 - 14.30 hrs. With Ian & Matt Lyth.

Great scope views of the Female Snowy Owl ....... at about 400 yds range ..... sat out in the open on the saltmarsh next to some washed up timber.

RAF Wainfleeet Range.

Find the "Barley Mow" on the A52 at Friskney ....... directly opposite the pub isi Sea Lane ..... drive down here to the end to the car park.

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Two (dog) walks today, one morning, one early evening, through farmland east of Metheringham. Weather fine and cool, then warmish, this morning with the second walk accompanied by light rain. Amongst others :-

Little Grebe (4)
Tufted Duck (1)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Buzzard (1)
Hobby (1)
Reed Bunting
Skylark
Linnet
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Red legged Partridge (1)

No yellowhammer.


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Originally posted today by Dave Ousey:

By way of a change to our regular east coast haunts all five of us decided to have a trip into Lincolnshire on 24th September. The fact that Long billed Dowitcher, Red necked Phalarope where there, made it even better because one of the team needed both these species!

   At 6am we all piled into Chris B`s people carrier and were soon on our way (biggest person in the front, guess who?) The satnav somehow took us right to Covenham Reservoir, where the Red necked Phalarope was last seen. Now some of the lads have not been there before and when they saw the exact size of it appeared visibly shocked. Thoughts of us having to tramp a long way to see the phalarope were soon dispelled as after a 100 yards or so it was found only 10 yards away and close to the shore. Camera`s out and time for some serious clicking! A nice selection of waders all afforded close views with 2 Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin and 5 very showy Little Stint`s. The phalarope whizzed around feeding, as they do until the whole flock of birds flew farther away from us. We all enjoyed such a close encounter with the birds, it was time to move on.

    A  Long billed Dowitcher was on Paradise Pool in Saltfleet, an area none of us have really visited before, it was only 10 miles from Covenham Res, so it was not so hard to find. The pool was soon located and the Dowitcher was feeding on the pools edge firstly, with a Common Snipe and later with a Black tailed Godwit and good size comparisons were made. Another new bird for one of our number. We had a good wander around the bushes near to the saltmarsh and a few of the more common warblers were seen.

    News of a Yellow browed Warbler at MOD Donna Nook had us searching the area without success, but a flock of Tree Sparrows and a few Yellowhammers were very nice. Three Cattle Egrets had been found by a couple of birders who we saw stood near to the road. They also told us that a couple of Whinchat`s had been seen. We saw the egrets as they emerged from a gully and also managed to locate a couple of Whinchat`s, bit of a result really. Our final call was at Rimac, an area famous for Lesser Sand Plover, Alpine Accentor and lots of rare or unusual birds. Its a few years since any of us have visited the area, so, upon arrival, I began waxing lyrically about where I had seen this and that when, the warden stopped to talk to us. It only turned out that we were not even at the right place, I got that wrong then. We found the real Rimac and began searching for a Snow Bunting, now this involved walking about a mile straight out over the saltmarsh. It was an enjoyable walk, but my shoes did not like it as they had turned into sponges! Only a flock of Starlings for company also. It was a really nice day out in an under watched county with some great locations. We got home at around 5pm



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RSPB Tetney Marshes, Humberston (nr Cleethorpes) with Simon Gough.

- White-rumped Sandpiper 1 (Lifer)

We soon picked up on the bird at the side of the pools near the car park to the yacht club. A little distant at first on the far bank but we moved round to the adjacent banking path and got better views.
After we'd had our fill and we're contemplating our departure, unbelievably the Sandpiper decided to drop fairly close infront of us. It gave exceptional views showing all key features including the white rump. We stayed until it flew back over to the far bank again.

Other birds of note...
- plenty of Dunlin for comparison
- Greenshank 1
- numerous Redshank
- lots of Teal
- Little Grebes about
- lots of Swallow

...and 2 Hobby over the M180, 1 chasing a small bird, the other looking to be preparing for hunting mode.



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Returned yesterday from a few days in bracing Skeggy.Plenty of birds around Gibraltar Point NNR, highlights being....pair of Garganey,Short-Eared Owl,Several Cuckoo,plenty of Whimbrel,at least three Grasshopper Warblers,plus literally dozens of Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats,with a good scattering of Lesser Whitethroats and Reed Warblers.              

We spent Thursday afternoon at Frampton Marsh,where the highlight of the trip was a superb pair of Black-Winged Stilts . Also seen was a Great White Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Turtle Doves, Yellow Wagtails,plus plenty of the Frampton regulars.All in all an excellent trip,in sunny but breezy weather!

Cheers Chris

 



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Red Kite, mid afternoon, five miles west of Metheringham.

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One and a half hours mooch in farmland north of Metheringham. Weather cool and fine. All the usuals including :-

Greylag Goose (4)
Little Grebe (1)
Lapwing (2)
Skylark (c.8)
Linnet
Reed Bunting
Yellowhammer (5)
Red legged Partridge (3)
Buzzard
Green Woodpecker (1)
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Garden Warbler (1)
Whitethroat


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Sightings per Stephen Ellison.

Wednesday, best mate on his weekly stint working in Lincoln and had these sightings around East Marsh Lane area of Goxhill.
2 Little Egret
1 Barn Owl
1 Marsh Harrier
Incidentally, the project he is working on as part of National Grid is currently involved with other relevant bodies in carrying out a Marsh Harrier survey in the area. On site personnel regularly report sightings of Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owls, and other Raptors.

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Sighting from Stephen Ellison.

Best mate working in Goxhill again today and had cracking views of a male Hen Harrier in the East Marsh Lane area this afternoon, it was lost to view though as it chased off another smaller Raptor.
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Bluethroat still present at Willow Tree Fen this morning but very elusive, 2 one minute views over a 2 hour visit in very wild and windy conditions, Photographers are putting down meal worms to entice the bird out of the reedbed into view, It duly obliges just not for long enough, Can't complain, Views down to 15/20 feet.

2 Marsh Harrier in display flight were a welcome supporting cast,

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By general concensus the Bluethroat is tbe White Spotted sub species. Showed really well for a minute for my visit at 2pm today at Willow Tree Fen LWT near Spalding. Waited another 30 minutes to try for a shot but didn't reappear by the time I had to leave. Plenty of mealworms on the path so lets hope it sticks around. Cracking. 



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Sunday 19th Feb.

A cracking day in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire with Chris Chandler, eventful to say the least!

Willow Tree Fen (between Spalding and Bourne)
- Bluethroat, what a fantastic bird this was despite over an hour wait for it to show. But when it showed, did it !!!

Also...
- 1 Stonechat
- 1 Yellowhammer
- 1 Reed Bunting
- 1 Marsh Harrier
- 1 Red Kite (just outside reserve)
- 1 Little Egret
- Skylark in abundance
- usual Wildfowl
- Water Rail heard

After off-roading for about a mile from the main road, we eventually reached the opposite side of the reserve, then after locating the birders it looked like we would be walking towards the bird infront of everybody so rather than a 500yd walk and possibly scaring the bird off we took the 1.5 mile detour round the perimeter path to join them from the rear (passing the main car park in the process) and discovered that the bird wasn't showing anyway so we could've saved ourselves a lot of walking!



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Quick dart over to Willow Tree Fen this afternoon 3.00- 345 after Rutland Water for the Bluethroat which appeared after 45 minute wait and showed to about 10 feet, absolutely stonking little bird and a lifer for mw and shirl

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17th February.

With Ian Lyth.

Willow Tree Fen.

Had a ride down for the Bluethroat arriving at 08.45 hrs.
What a cracking little beauty this is ... confiding is an understatement ..... we were on the path and at one stage the bird hopped up to about 8ft away in the open.

Next stop was Four Mile Bridge on the R. Welland to try for a Great Grey Shrike at Deeping High Bank but no joy.
Decided to visit the Deeping Lakes N.R. for the Long Eared Owl roost as it is only 10 mins down the road just following the road at the side of the Welland .... en route we had the added bonus of a Long Tailed Duck keeping company with a flock of Tufted Duck and and also great close up views of three day hunting Barn Owls, a pair and a single.
So what should have been a 10 minute drive actually took an hour.

Three Long eared Owls were in the Nature Reserve roost and two Green Woodpeckers in the field at side of the car-park.

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Sightings from Stephen Ellison.

Best mate is working over in Goxhill and Barton-upon-Humber for a couple of days and had these sightings around the East Marsh Lane area.
1 Barn Owl approx 5.15pm yesterday
1 Short-eared Owl 12.15pm today

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Midweek Twitching. 31/1/2017

     A juvenile White billed Diver had been found on the River Whitham near Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. A strange inland record for the county, but even stranger was that the last one in the county was also found on the same river! Myself and Bob K decided on a last minute trip to see the bird and an early start was planned. 6am dawned and we departed from a gloomy Newhey heading along the most famous carpark outside London, the M62. My trusty Satnav took us towards the A1 and then into Lincoln. At this point I must really sympathise with all the commuters who have to pass through Lincoln on a daily basis, its a real mess. We pressed on and reached Kirkstead Bridge, near Woodhall Spa, we immediately saw the White billed Diver in the river at the side of the road, what luck! There now followed a game of cat & mouse as we walked up and down the river to try and get a couple of pictures of this rather splendid bird. After an hour or so the bird had won and we retreated to the car to get warm.

     News of a male Ring necked Duck on some gravel pits in Kirkby on Bain soon followed, so after some expert directions from one of our York birding colleagues, we arrived safely. We found the Ring necked Duck, after a bit of searching (isnt that what birdings all about?) and really enjoyed distant views of a cracking American duck. Lots of different pits / pools in this area holding lots of duck and gulls from the nearby active tip. Worth keeping an eye on this place.

      Our next port of call was to be Rufford Abbey C.P in Nottinghamshire that usually has a small flock of Hawfinch. The dry weather we had enjoyed, turned to being a little damp as we found our way into the country park area. As we got out of the car a flock of 5 Hawfinch flew above us and landed in a tall tree for us to admire, more nice birds to enjoy. We watched a small flock of Redwing feeding on the ground along with Mistle and Song Thrushes, really nice to watch. It was time to get home and we reached very wet Newhey around 3-30pm. Nice day out watching some cracking birds.

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Sunday 29th Jan, with Simon Gough.

Woodhall Spa.
- White-billed Diver (Lifer)
Well worth the drive over and the 1.5 mile walk from Kirkstead Bridge to see this beauty, and as Chris mentions ... the bill was spectacular, reminiscent of one of those old dagger shaped Ivory letter openers!

Kirkby on Bain.
- 1 Ring-necked Duck drake on pool/pits, mostly asleep
- 1 Scaup female type

We just missed the juv Glaucous Gull by literally minutes on the tip opposite the pool, and a Great White Egret was reported but we didn't see it.

Other birds we saw...
- 1 Yellowhammer
- 1 Reed Bunting
- 2 Bullfinch (females)
- 1 Coal Tit
- 1 Little Egret
- 1 Great Black-backed Gull
- 2 Common Buzzard
- Pochard / Gadwall / Goldeneye




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Made the 2 and a half hour trip to Woodhall Spa today to see the White Billed Diver and was not disappointed. Parking at Kirkstead Bridge the bird showed very well after about a 15 minute walk North along the River Witham path. Never seen a bill look so huge on a bird as it glistened in the light. 

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Western Swamphen seen at vast distance at Alkborough Flats. But this was only support for a pretty decent list of star birds - all of which were seen MUCH closer and at length: Little egrets, avocets, water rails, spotted redshanks, bearded tits, marsh harriers (4 in one tree), kingfisher, ruff, and oodles of other stuff. Far and away the highlight was separate sightings of male and female hen harrier, the male suddenly banking steeply from around the side of the reed bed only 30 meters away at eye level, the nearest view of one I can recall (as well as the first I've seen beyond my recent memory). I was impressed by the place too.



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Thursday 13th October 10.45am - 1.15pm

Day off work, dropped the Gf off at work 6am and decided to go to Gibraltar Point.
One of my best decisions in more ways than one!!!

- Red-flanked Bluetail 1 (Lifer)
Took a bit of finding in the West Dunes area. But then once found it showed ridiculously well at times, even perched up right infront of me and it didn't bat an eyelid at me. Pure quality bird.

Other birds of note...
- 1 Yellow-browed Warbler
- 5 Goldcrest
- 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
- Redwing / Fieldfare / Robin everywhere

One thing that I had to chuckle over was that when I arrived in the West Dunes, the bloke from Spurn who had waited over 8 hours for the Rustic Bunting without success was already there and I remember thinking 'oh no, this isn't a good sign' but gladly that wasn't the case.



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Great views of the Red Flanked Bluetail, at Donna Nook this afternoon,a lovely little bird, which showed well at times around the Pye's Hall area.A supporting cast of Firecrest,  Yellow-Browed Warbler and Little Bunting near the control tower.

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Showed well again today for me. Walk to the hide from the car park off Prospect Lane takes 5 minutes (thanks Sid!) Showed well, on and off, all day. Also 8 Spoonbills (one ringed, silver over yellow over pale green, left leg), 3 Spotted Redshank, 23 Avocet, 20+ Ruff. On the walk to Tower hide, there were at least 5 Yellow Wagtail, mainly juvs, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (juvs), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, pair of Kestrel. From the Tower Hide, of note were 3 Greenshank, 8 Golden Plover, 2 Ruddy Shelduck amongst the Barnacle Geese. No Bearded Tit seen, but, several heard, frustratingly! Called in at Blacktoft Sands on the way home, not much of note other than a Whinchat and an eclipse male Garganey from Singleton Hide

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steven burke wrote:

a few photos from myself of the purple gallinule from yesterday 4th sept with rob. lifer for me also smile
a cracking bird & a cracking site which will be visited again. cheers again rob.


 A nice comparison with the Moorhen there Steve.



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a few photos from myself of the purple gallinule from yesterday 4th sept with rob. lifer for me also smile
a cracking bird & a cracking site which will be visited again. cheers again rob.



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Thanks very much Sid.

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Glad to see you finally caught up with the Purple Gallinule Sid .... 3rd time lucky.

i dipped on it Friday evening 16.30 - 20.00 hrs when only one or two people had fleeting glimpses of it when it had moved onto the "square" pool .... this had to be viewed off the side of the hill 1/2 mile away ... think only two vantage points and I chose the wrong one ... typical !

Couldn't moan as at one point I had 13 Spoonbills right in front of me.

As both yourself and Rob say there are some great birds here but it is massive site .... it took me half an hour to find a hide never mind the gallinule !

Just in case the bird sticks around and I get another opportunity to go ... does anyone know the name of that road that goes down to the bottom car park ?

I used the main car-park and walked to the first hide without seeing a soul then found that the bird had moved and had to tramp back up the hill again !!

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Roger - The car park is down Prospect Lane and it's the first road on the left after St John the Baptist Church - it includes some disabled parking.



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Glad to see you finally caught up with the Purple Gallinule Sid .... 3rd time lucky.

i dipped on it Friday evening 16.30 - 20.00 hrs when only one or two people had fleeting glimpses of it when it had moved onto the "square" pool .... this had to be viewed off the side of the hill 1/2 mile away ... think only two vantage points and I chose the wrong one ... typical !

Couldn't moan as at one point I had 13 Spoonbills right in front of me.

As both yourself and Rob say there are some great birds here but it is massive site .... it took me half an hour to find a hide never mind the gallinule !

Just in case the bird sticks around and I get another opportunity to go ... does anyone know the name of that road that goes down to the bottom car park ?

I used the main car-park and walked to the first hide without seeing a soul then found that the bird had moved and had to tramp back up the hill again !!

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At the third attempt, we too caught up with the Purple Gallinule (aka Swamphen) this morning at Alkborough Flats.  It showed really well from the hide closest to the lower car park for about half an hour from 9 o'clock until it vanished into the reeds. Indeed an amazing bird.



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Sunday 4th Sept.
A full day here with Steve Burke.
First time here and an absolutely brilliant place with 72 species seen. A tip for anyone going...try and park in the bottom car park near the marsh rather than up at the top of the hill!

- Purple Gallinule 1 (Lifer)
An absolutely spectacular looking bird which showed within minutes of arrival and showed constantly as it hugged the reedbed edges, sometimes in view for long periods and from what we could gather it showed for most of the day. Brilliant colours reflected back in the glorious hot sunshine and we got a true measure of this bird, it had a real relic from the prehistoric ages look about it.

Lots of other good birds around too...

- Water Rail 2
- Spoonbill 12
- Little Egret
- Little Stint 10
- Ringed and Little Ringed Plover
- Spotted Redshank 15+
- Greenshank 15+
- Ruff 20+
- Golden Plover 1
- Black-tailed Godwits
- Dunlin
- Curlew
- Bearded Tits quite a few seen over the reserve, at one point there was one swaying on a reed above the Gallinule
- Reed Bunting common over the reserve
- Reed Warbler 2
- Willow Tit 1 outside main hide
- Gadwall
- Shoveler
- Wigeon and Teal around
-Shelduck
- Ruddy Shelduck 4 at Tower hide
- Barnacle Goose few 100 at Tower hide
- Little Grebe 2
- Hobby 2 (1 juv and 1 adult)
- Peregrine 1
- Kestrel 1
- Marsh Harrier 1
- Common Buzzard 1
- possible Red Kite seen drifting over the woods, 1 was seen a few minutes earlier there
- Sparrowhawk 1
- Chiffchaff 3
- Cetti's Warbler 1 with a Chiffchaff near Tower hide
- Linnet
- Stock Doves around

At the haystacks...all birds together in 1 area.
- Redstart 1
- Spotted Flycatcher 2
- Lesser Whitethroat 1
- Whitethroat 1
- Willow Tit 1
- Robin 1
- Dunnock 1
- also Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Tawny Owl heard only
- Lots of usuals around too

Also 1 x Mike Dilger with the One Show crew filming the Purple Gallinule

A top reserve and we will definitely be back!





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Arrived at Alkborough Flats at 08.00 and left at 14.30 with John Barber and Dave Hugestone - birds seen included Spoonbill (12),  Avocet (10's), Little Egret, Lapwings, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Yellow Wagtail, Greenshank, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Peregrine and Kestrel.  Unfortunately we didn't find the Swamphen despite splitting up and investigating the reported sightings.  It's a big area with a big reed bed and plenty of places for it to hide.

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Set out this morning with John Barber heading over to Alkborough Flats, north of Scunthorpe intending to look for the Purple Swamphen (it's a Purple Gallinule to me as well Ian!!!) On the journey we picked up that it hadn't been reported this morning.  Plan B was to head to Hatfield Moors just off the M180 where we had extremely good views of the Baird's Sandpiper that was first seen yesterday.The reserve car park is a little way past HMP Moorland on the A614, and to get to the boggy area where the bird was is quite a hike !!!

PS  checked maps this morning, Thursday and noticed that Hatfield Moors is just in South Yorkshire. 



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Sneaked a quick hour this morning driving briefly on Nocton Fen then to the end of Metheringham Fen, just short of the River Witham. Birding with the windows down, of note :-

Buzzard
Kestrel (2)
Sparrowhawk (1)
Little Egret (1)
Red-legged Partridge (4)
Yellowhammer
Corn Bunting (1)
Jay (2)
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Two hour visit to Whisby Nature Reserve today en route to Metheringham. Two Nightingale with a real bonus of a Turtle Dove on wires whilst walking around Coot Lake. Nice year ticks.

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Frampton marsh 3rd june, first time here with 67 species seen.

2-4 turtle doves, 2 in flight another 2 feeding on the ground just outside the reserve.
2 marsh harriers
1 short eared owl
1 buzzard
1 sparrowhawk
2 cuckoo, a female flew past me, another heard
5 little gulls
1 Mediterranean gull
2 garganey
lots of avocets + chicks & black tailed godwits & redshanks all around
19 knot
2 ringed plover
several little egrets around
70+ common terns
5 Egyptian goose
1 barnacle goose
2 cettis warbler, 1 seen well
2 lesser whitethroat
reed warbler, sedge warbler, whitethroat, blackcap & chiffchaff all around
lots of yellowhammers
swifts, house martins, swallows, but no sand martins
5 red legged partridge & 3 grey partridge just outside the reserve
water rails heard only
plus all the usuals around



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Returned yesterday from a few days in Skeggy.

Highlights from Gibraltar Point were Cuckoo, Short-Eared and Barn Owls, Bramblings,Firecrest,Spotted Redshanks,plenty of Lesser Whitethroats,Whitethroats,Sedge Warblers etc. 

Highlights from Frampton Marsh: more Spotted Redshanks,Yellow Wagtail plus loads of Ruff in various states of dress! A few Little Ringed Plovers,still large flocks of Brent Geese,plus loads of the more common birds around.

Finally, a brief visit to Whisby NR, near Lincoln on the way home,Loads of Willow Warblers,Chiffchaff,Blackcaps etc,but the highlight has to be at least three singing Nightingales around Coot Lake,not to forget some vey showy Mediterranean Gulls,and three Whimbrel over.Then an ever so slight diversion via Matlock on the way home,for our "easiest" ever Dotterel.

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a late post from sunday 31st jan.

Cleethorpes country park...

fantastic views of the red-necked grebe & 2 slavonian grebes on the lake, views down to at least 8ft away from the banks.
also kingfisher flew over towards the reed bed, no signs of the bittern.

also a look on the shoreline opposite the boating lake which had a great mixture of birds...

160+ brent geese
500+ knot
200+ bar-tailed godwit
grey plover
sanderling
dunlin
redshank
lapwing
oystercatcher
turnstone
ringed plover
shelduck
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Lunch stop at Frampton Marsh RSPB on Sunday:

Ringtail Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier,2 Whooper Swan, Pintail and 100's of Brent Geese. 

Plus lots of the usual wetland species



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Another one and a half hour walk this morning. All the usuals, at least a dozen Skylark plus a Yellow Wagtail pair.

Afternoon walk produced a few butterflies :- Common Blue, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Green veined White and Speckled Wood.

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A couple of one hour plus walks, yesterday evening and this morning, in farmland north of Metheringham.

Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat (c. 10), Green Woodpecker (1), Buzzard (1), Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Red legged Partridge (4), Skylark, Reed Bunting, Linnet & Yellowhammer (6).

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Exact same walk as that below. Amongst others :- Kestrel (1), Buzzard (2), Yellowhammer (2), Reed Bunting (c.25), Tree Sparrow (c.6), Red legged Partridge (8), Chiffchaff (c.5), Skylark (c.15), Great spotted Woodpecker (1), Green Woodpecker (1), Long tailed Tit, Little Grebe (1). Pleasant in the sunshine, cool out of it.

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Forgot to add (can't seem to edit) from yesterday Skylark (c.10) and Lttle Grebe (2).

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Pleasant one and a half hours walk in farmland just north of Metheringham, which itself is about eight miles or so south east of Lincoln. Bit of woodland here and there and plenty of hedgerows. Amongst others :- Kestrel Sparrowhawk Linnet Bullfinch Yellowhammer (c.12) Redwing Pied Wagtail Two separate mixed flocks of finches, tits etc including Yellowhammer, always good to see.

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Frampton Marsh is well worth a visit at the moment, I had 24 species of wader from 360 Hide on Saturday - absolutely fantastic! Other notable birds were Glossy ibis, three Spoonbills, two Garganey, Hobby, Marsh harriers, Barn owls and a pair of Turtle doves (apparently they've done well in the area this year).

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Started a long weekend with Riggers and Karen F at Frampton Marsh very early doors last Friday(16th) with a Muntjac on the approach road to Frampton Marsh. One of the best views ever, as it stood there trying to work out what idiots would be up and about before sunrise before it headed off into the undergrowthbiggrin As always, worth the early start to have the Marsh to ourselves and enjoy the chorus of various warblers, Black-headed Gulls, Avocets and Oystercatchers. The field behind the East Hide was full of Ringed Plovers, together with Little Ringed Plover, 3 Temminck's Stints and 1 Little Stint. Flyover Peregrine and a passing male Marsh Harrier with prey got our raptor count for the weekend up and running.

From here we headed down to Willow Tree Fen between Spalding and Market Deeping. We could only locate one of the two Black-winged Stilts here, but had good prolonged views of it and the Glossy Ibis sharing the main pool. The first two of the many Cuckoos we saw and heard over the weekend, together with a male Yellow Wagtail and an unexpected pair of Pintail were the other highlights here before we headed off into Norfolk to meet up with Mike A

Nearly forgot the Water Vole in the ditch beside the track along the eastern edge of the reserve

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Took the longer route home from Suffolk yesterday afternoon to pay a visit to Gibraltar Point.

No sign of the reported Greenish Warbler but nice views of a female Red-backed Shrike near the visitor Centre car park along with a single Corn Bunting.

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Over in Lincolnshire with the family this weekend and managed time for an all too brief visit to Donna Nook - a place I want to visit again! Despite the blasting wind and rain there were Goldcrests all along the walkway in the thorn scrub and a superb grey male Hen Harrier came over the dunes and out across the marsh. The fields on the road out had small parties of Redwing and Fieldfare dropping in - maybe there first landfall and further inland were very large flocks of hundreds of both species feeding across the newly sown fields in waves of birds.

Also the first fourteen seal pups have been born but only one was visible - in a few weeks I'm told there will be hundreds within yards of the fence line. One warning though - even on a Friday afternoon, before the real seal season, the car park was quite full and there were lots of signs about police patrols to stop parking anywhere along the lanes - so midweek visits or after the seals have pupped would be better for birding.

This morning saw plenty of winter thrush flocks all the way across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire so they'll be arriving in even better numbers over here this week I'm sure.

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Very late post for last Thursday,29th , Gibraltar Point NNR ....
A brilliant , reserve which I visit at least three times each year, I'm surprised I couldn't find mention of it on the search facility! ...
A bit quiet at the moment,and drought conditions beginning to take their toll,however, highlights including ....
40+ avocets,
Drake garganey,
Female black redstart,
Short-eared owls , hunting over salt marsh,
2 ruff,
plus plenty of shelduck,shoveler,widgeon,etc.

Cheers Chris

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Had two to three hours to kill in Lincoln this morning, so went to Whisby Nature Reserve on the south western outskirts of the city. Although not ideal at this time of year, the reserve deserves a full, lingering day, so today I had to miss out certain areas. The Sand Martins had not yet returnrd to the artificial wall put up for them on Thorpe Lake.

Lovely sunny, warm weather, the best of the birds being :-

G C Grebe
Cormorant
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Gadwall
Tufted Duck
Goldeneye (c.8)
Oystercatcher (2)
Blackcap (2)
Chiffchaff (30+)
L T Tit
Lesser Redpoll

The area north of the railway line, which splits the reserve in two, looks absolutely superb for warblers. It's a long time since I've seen so much scrub and brambles. No wonder Nightingale seem to thrive here.

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Went over to Whisby Nature reserve with my friend the Manx birder today in the hope of finding the reported Nightingales and we weren't disappointed - we heard 7 singing males and had 4 separate sightings. The first took some time to achieve, they are skulkers and despite their amazing song they are extremely difficult to pinpoint. Nevertheless patience paid off and the "camera lady" eventually managed some acceptable shots.

Whisby is a pleasant reserve with plenty to do for little people and a fair number of stretches of water, woodland and really posh hides if hides are your cup of tea. One had a Swallow's nest with a request by the wardens to leave the windows open !!!
There is a relatively new artificial Sand Martin cliff which seems quite well occupied. Other birds of note were Garden Warbler, Common Tern, Garganey (male), Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. A nice day despite the downpour on the way home biggrin.gif

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