North East Lincs for couple of days

Have been working in Caistor this week with two nights stopping in the area due to early (very!) starts and late finishes along with gatework spread over the day.

This meant some free time so I had a wander around  a section Cleethorpes sea front for a couple of hours over two days. I parked near the batting lake and walked alongside the lake and saw loads of the ‘usual suspects’ Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Black Headed Gull and Greylag Goose. A little more unusual I think was 4 male Pochard and on my second visit a lovely female Goldeneye.

I got to see over head views of about 100 Barnacle Geese on day 1 with them being seen on the ground on day 2 plus the now confirmed long term oddball probably escapee Goose – is it a Ross Goose? – Blue Phase or Hybrid? – would love more esteemed birders to voice their opinions on this one. I have been told this bird has been here for about 10 years!

Beach walks over the 2 days  gave up distant views of Curlew, Oystercatcher, Knot, Redshank, Shelduck, Cormorant plus various Gulls. A few of my better pics from these visits below….

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I also had a dig around with a mate who lives up this neck of the woods and asked about Short Eared Owls, he told me of a place near East Halton near Immingham and luckily before another gate work session in the evening I got the chance for an hour there and saw 3 SEO’s – brilliant! I have not seen them in the ‘flesh’ for a while 🙂 They hunted a fairly large area, did not come too close but got a few cropped pics below.

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If only I lived closer I would a regular at this place! I may be working from time to time in this area again so might get some more chances to see the birdlife of North East Lincs.