Donna on a roll

Mon 10th Oct 2016.      Donna Nook.       With a few birders around, a few birds are being found. We were sewatching at Hutoft when we heard that Antony Bentley had a red-flanked bluetail pop up along the track near the car park, this was a very popular find, gorgeous little bird. It was very elusive at first but settled down a bit later on. We eventually got good views. The juvenile rose-coloured starling that was first seen last Friday was re-found and showed well from the car park. A male ring ouzel perched beside it briefly and a merlin flew by fairly close.

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We finished the day trying to find something good at Seaview, Saltfleetby. There were lots of goldcrests a few chiffys and a couple of blackcaps. Best bird was a pied fly picked up by Ben.

At the seawatch earlier in the day a notable passage of auks were seen, around 160, mostly north. Some were very close in with others sitting on the sea. This was the first time this year I’ve had them close enough to be confident to call razorbills, some were easily identifiable from guillimots, at least a dozen noted. Apart from that it wasn’t that good, a few gannets, a couple of skuas, a few red-throated divers and common scoters and a probable, distant great northern diver. Just inland a skein of 45 pinkfeet flew south.

Tues 11th.     Gib.

Best bird seen today was a great grey shrike, albeit briefly. Also ring ouzel, 7 stonechats, redstart, whinchat, a few chiffys, c40 goldcrest, c50 robins, merlin, marsh harrier, c50 common scoter, bonxie, skua sp. plus yellow-browed warbler at North shore, Skegness.

*Just heard that another r f bluetail has been discovered at gib and another g g shrike at Donna.*

My Lincolshire yearlist 2016 now on 233 (BOU).

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