New year’s day

No, I’m not going all out for another big Lincolnshire yearlist this year. I’ll still keep one, though won’t be breaking my neck. I’m going to do a 10 mile radius of Grantham list so will keep you posted on that one. This patch just squeezes in Kilvington, Notts, and Belvoir/Knipton, Leics. I will also be taking part in patchwork challenge at Marston for the 5th consecutive year.

Went out in the rain this morning, it was ‘orrible, but some nice stuff around. Started off at Marston, where a raven overhead was a good patch bird, plenty of water rails squealing, obligatory green sandpiper amongst the usual suspects. The whooper swan continues in the rape field at Hough, looks settled. Whizzed across to Kilvington, which was quite good, with 2 redhead smew, the 1stw drake scaup still there and a great white egret, first time I’ve connected with it. This was my second visit in as many days, yesterday afternoon I had a bizarre report of 4 little auks! Needless to say there weren’t any. A second report came through later declaring the first report to be erroneous. Weird.