Friday 29th April Lincolnshire gems.

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Bird Watching
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Blast-off 6:30 – Dave ‘The Stig Ousey’ at the wheel. We are off for two reasons 1) Some good birds in Lincolshire. 2) Somthing on the tele? we have to miss. Dave manages to keep the speedometer below 100 – most of the time..Good man. One time he tries to get the car on two wheels. As the tyres stop screeching Dave says “I like to throw things about abit sometimes”

Immingham North-West from Grimsby on the Southern side of the Humber. Two days ago a Collared Pratincole took a liking to these small ponds. This is likely to be the bird that was seen at Spurn the previous weekend. Collared Pratincoles look like large chestnut & black coloured Swallows. A good looking bird we have all seen abroard. For me this is a Lifer for Britain, having dipped out twice before. It’s a chilly morning with an easterly wind blowing into our faces. No sign of the ‘Prat’. Other year ticks here Snipe and Little Grebe. Once again Whitethroats all over the shop. After a 40 minute wait, ‘the Prat’ shows it self close bye. Jaws drop, cameras click, broad smiles for all. The bird put on a magnifcent show – ‘Leaching’ (Bob’s term for flying like a Leach’s Petrel) for bugs and landing in view for minutes. A lovely bird, appreciated by all.

Collared Pratincole

Back on the road again. We leave behind a plume of dust as we blast off for Tetney Lock, 36 miles away. Tetney looks out across the Humber Estuary directly opposite Spurn Point. We quickly get  Two Short Eared Owls quartering the saltmarsh. In a ploughed field We see Seven Dotterel sitting low, keeping out of the wind no doubt. Behind us a small drain has attracted some Yellow Wagtails. No sign of what we really wanted to see though a Tawny Pipit. It has been seen here since the previous weekend. But not today, or  since. A common Sandpiper makes its way on to the list. Loads of Whitethroats ..again.

Covington Res. next stop. A large res that should attract some stuff..but not today. Time for Plan ‘B’.

Blacktoft Sands. still glorious sunshine. The usual Marsh Harriers are displaying. We count 68 Avocets on one of the pools. Briefly, five Whimbrel fly through. And that was it. On the way home we call in at..

Weeton, Nr Harewood for Red Kites. We count nine in one go. Some managed to glide above our heads. Always appreciated seeing these Red Kites. Then Home. A great days birding by all.

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