Ton-up day falls short.

Had a big day out with Ben Ward, undeniably the keenest birder in Lincolnshire-if not the planet. The target was to see/hear as many species as possible. We were inspired by Richard Doan’s 95 sp. count at Gib. a couple of days earlier. He regularly records more than 100.

Anyway, we matched Richard’s score exactly, brilliant! Only trouble was we visited seven different venues, including Gib! and some of Lincs’ other major reserves. Jeepers!, we should have got more than that. I picked Ben up at 04:45 and got home at 22:00, totally knackered. In hindsight I reckon we got the logistics wrong. Ironically it was Gib where it went a bit titsup. It was a bad move not arriving there til’ midday.

It was a thoroughly  enjoyable day with some good birds and ace moments, like a whimbrel feeding confidently just metres away at dusk, like spotted redshanks in summer plumage at close range, like a garden warbler that popped up at almost touching distance to perform a song for us, like the amount of quality food and ginger beer Ben brought along. (He’s a bit of a chef master on the quiet, you know). The time spent consuming his goodies probably cost us a few birds.

We visited South Hykham, Whisby, Swanholme, Kirkby, Gib, Frampton, Freiston. We’re going to give it another go at a later date, with some better planning-target 120!!. I’ll keep you posted.

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Birds identified;

  1. tawny owl
  2. little owl
  3. blackbird
  4. robin
  5. rook
  6. jackdaw
  7. woodpigeon
  8. great tit
  9. wren
  10. blue tit
  11. dunnock
  12. whitethroat
  13. buzzard
  14. yellowhammer
  15. song thrush
  16. linnet
  17. blackcap
  18. mallard
  19. carrion crow
  20. mute swan
  21. cormorant
  22. greylag
  23. magpie
  24. chaffinch
  25. chiffchaff
  26. goldfinch
  27. skylark
  28. red-legged partridge
  29. swallow
  30. greenfinch
  31. house sparrow
  32. starling
  33. collared dove
  34. tufted duck
  35. great-crested grebe
  36. teal
  37. canada
  38. coot
  39. long-tailed tit
  40. bullfinch
  41. nightingale
  42. willow warbler
  43. lesser whitethroat
  44. kestrel
  45. garden warbler
  46. jay
  47. oystercatcher
  48. green woodpecker
  49. gt sp woodpecker
  50. moorhen
  51. stock dove
  52. lapwing
  53. feral pigeon
  54. common gull
  55. herring gull
  56. gt black-backed gull
  57. little grebe
  58. Egyptian goose
  59. grey heron
  60. lesser black-backed gull
  61. gadwall
  62. shelduck
  63. little ringed plover
  64. avocet
  65. shoveler
  66. common tern
  67. little egret
  68. reed bunting
  69. sand martin
  70. mistle thrush
  71. pied wagtail
  72. cuckoo
  73. redshank
  74. dunlin
  75. snipe
  76. meadow pipit
  77. house martin
  78. sedge warbler
  79. sparrowhawk
  80. tree sparrow
  81. common sandpiper
  82. wigeon
  83. brent goose
  84. barnacle goose
  85. ruff
  86. med. gull
  87. ringed plover
  88. turnstone
  89. spotted redshank
  90. golden plover
  91. black-tailed godwit
  92. reed warbler
  93. pochard
  94. whimbrel
  95. barn owl

Also, white wagtail.