Mon 25th April 2016
I’ll try and keep this to a bird, rather than a weather report, but I can’t believe how these wintry conditions are going on, and on, and on. Still like January, we were togged up like Michelin men. Ben and I chose Frampton for our Monday jaunt, we decided to trudge down to the Witham mouth, mainly to keep warm but with the faint hope of picking up an odd drift migrant or two. By the time we got to the sea our sum total was…one common whitethroat.
The sea was unimpressive;
gannet, 7 north.
red-throated diver, 1 on sea, 1 south.
gt crested grebe, on sea.
wagtail sp., in off.
5 pipits, in off.
couple of swallows.
turnstones, dunlins, grey plovers and oycs on the rocks.
still a good 500 or so brent geese.
20+ whimbrels on the saltmarsh.
sparrowhawk, chased by oystercatcher.
Ben had a glimpse of a ringtail harrier that disappeared around the sea wall bushes never to be seen again.
Around the reserve lots of ruffs were looking quite amazing, each one with unique plumage. (My pics all the same bird).Two spotted redshanks were also coming into spanking breeding attire. Our list looked pretty good when we looked back on the day;
ruff, lots of.
spotted redshank, 2.
white wagtail, 7.
pale-bellied brent geese, 2.
ringed plover, a few.
little ringed plover, a few.
Lastly we checked the the reservoir area where a very smart wood sandpiper was feeding with a greenshank and more ruffs. Another 20 or so whimbrels showed and a soon to be off goldeneye graced the water.
By now we were getting blasted by cold winds and showers, so headed back to Lincoln where we thought there may be a chance of arctic terns dropping into the large waterbodies there. Alas, none but great numbers of hirundines feeding low on the water. A marsh harrier over Norton Disney pits was a notable bird for the area. At Whisby a couple of common sands and a little ringed plover were new in.